This post is featured on behalf of Stacey White.

Some people feel the call to action from the time they are children. Some people from the time they are late adolescents or adults.

No matter how old you are, if the time is truly ripe and you feel completely interested in doing good for the local community and national health, you may feel tempted to do anything you can to get to this level.

One of the most satisfying things you can do in life is to help others, and people who work in public or private services understand this.

Luckily, in our wonderful division of labor, there are so many ways to help the public that you can find the discipline which works most for you with relative ease. We’ve compiled a list of the best three ways anyone starting from scratch can begin to improve their ethical footprint during their time on this Earth.

Hopefully, this can lead to much more satisfying careers, especially if you’re currently finding the one you reside in is leaving much to be desired.

1. Criminal Justice

If you’re more hoping to apply your skills in a field which protects innocent people by preventing dangerous people from acting out in future, criminal justice might be your calling.

Not only is this an intrinsically interesting subject to learn about, but it spans many, many different specializations. You may feel interested in becoming a police officer, or a volunteer community support officer to police your local area with awareness and foresight.

You may decide to become a criminal justice lawyer, someone who prosecutes people who have committed negative dealings in the eyes of the law, or defends those who are simply innocent against all charges.

You may desire to work in a prison, or learn more about fraud, or become simply more aware of how the process works in your country. For this reason, taking an online criminal justice degree can serve as the bedrock from which you can learn more about the entire process in a specialized way.

It’s important to start here from a more fundamental level, because as you progress you will become introduced to fields of the study which you may not have been aware of in the past, finding something which is truly and deeply your calling to begin with.

Anyone who has seen an episode of CSI, Law & Order, or The Wire will likely be interested in the criminal justice system and how it works, but seeing it operate up close and personal with correct and up to the minute knowledge is intrinsically satisfying, and can give you a new lease of interest in a field you may have been searching for for some time.

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Often, gently caring for someone is one of the noblest things you can do. While prosecuting criminals or preventing them from injuring or harming people is an incredibly respectful science, caring for someone can have all of the same weight in its positive impact.

Sometimes, saving someone’s life is less about preventing them from being injured, but the slow and quiet words of encouragement and love which help people blossom. Just like the criminal justice system, caring for people has a wide array of practical uses and satisfactory aims.

For example, working in an old folks home as a carer and potentially rising the ranks of your professional acumen can help you become intimately acquainted with some of the warmest and softest souls you could have ever hoped to meet. Helping a young person with a disability complete their schooling can help you make a tremendous impact on the life of someone less fortunate than yourself.

If you’re tempted to work in these fields, you should consider studying for them. Researching a caring course in which you can be advised in first aid, learning your way around the requirements of a physical or mental disorder, as well as getting your background checks accredited and verified by the government so you are available to work around children if necessary will give you all of the motivation you need to find a solid job. Sometimes, caring facilities will have open internships where you can easily absorb your skills and find yourself in a full-time job.

However, if the money is truly not important to you and you hope to do something better with your time, volunteering around town or in care homes can help you glean that immense feeling of satisfaction which no job can really replicate. However, everyone needs to survive, so finding a solid job in a caring profession is also an intrinsically noble art, and can offer you the possibility of doing more good with more equipment or staff at your side.


This might not have the most immediate impact in how you are practically helping someone, but you’d be wrong to question the utility of artists.

Writers, painters, musicians, filmmakers, these are the people who can put a mirror to society and question the way it runs, or to propose questions which must be answered. Most people have a list of bands or musical artists they consider vital to their identity.

This should immediately illustrate the importance of these folks to help us become better in the way we consider the world around us. They help us question our thought processes and try to improve them. They help us emotionally resonate with subjects which we may not come anywhere near in our daily life.

The artistic expression is something which is so vital and should be so celebrated about our society. We have the freedom to express ourselves how we like, and you don’t need to be a professional to get started.

Becoming a full-time artist is surely difficult, but refining your technique in your free time, meeting communities of artists concerned with your discipline and learning as much as you can will surely help you contribute to the positive atmosphere of creativity, no matter how much financial recuperation is down the pipeline, if any at all.

With these three suggestions, you are likely to find a pursuit and a calling which stimulates you and helps your spirit come alive.