Five reasons to start a new career in adult social care
70% of adult social care workers would recommend their job. Here’s why.
If you’re looking for a varied, emotionally rewarding job, a career in adult social care could be for you. Even if you have no previous experience in the industry, you could still use the transferable skills you may have already built up in previous roles to get started. You just need to know where to look
To help inspire you, here’s why care workers love their jobs (and how you could too).
You make a real difference to people’s lives
If you want to do something important, you can’t beat caring for someone else.
Whether you’re supporting adults with learning disabilities, physical disabilities or dementia, you’ll find so many opportunities to make a difference to people’s lives.
As Jodie, a Care Worker who used to work in beauty therapy, put it: ‘You build such a lovely relationship with your clients and the smallest thing can make their day. It’s really changed the way I look at things’.
You bring your qualities and learn new skills
If you’re kind and honest, good at communicating and treat people with respect, you’d probably make a great care worker. Once you’ve started, you’ll get all the training you need to progress and specialise in the area that interests you most.
You can fit your work around your life
Adult social care offers a lot of flexibility. You can choose a job that works with your other commitments, such as picking up your children after school.
As Leigh, a Care Worker who previously worked in hospitality, says: ‘When the pub where I worked closed, I decided I needed a job that gave me a better work-life balance so I thought I’d give care work a try. I’m enjoying this job a lot more than my previous one’.
There’s lots of variety
Within adult social care there’s an amazing variety of roles and settings you could choose to work in.
You could work in a care home, in someone’s own home or out in the community. The work is also incredibly varied and people who work in care say that no two days are the same. One day you could be helping someone with learning difficulties to cook: the next, organising a trip out into the community.
It’s not always easy, but it’s always worth it.
It’s easy to get started
Getting started in your first job in adult social care is usually a simple and quick process.
You’ll do an induction which should include gaining the Care Certificate. You’ll also undergo basic training such as health and safety, first aid and moving and handling. You might also receive specific training based on individual care needs.
More information on a career in adult social care can be found on the Every Day Is Different website.
In summary, if you like working with people and are looking for an opportunity where no two days are the same, then adult social care offers a rewarding job that can turn into a fulfilling long-term career.
What’s more, there are currently no-experience-required positions available in every part of the country. So, if you’re looking for a new challenge and a job to be proud of, this could be the ideal move for you.
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