“The care team is less a group of colleagues and more like a family, where everyone contributes a vital role and is committed to the same outcome: to provide excellent care to their clients and go beyond what is expected of them every single day” WSPiC accolades nomination, 2022
Working in care, no two days are the same. The number and variety of roles available may surprise you!
Besides the huge positivity you’ll feel from making a difference to someone else’s life, there are so many opportunities to develop new skills and progress in your career.
There are so many different job roles available in the social care sector- you could work in a support worker or care assistant role, finance or administration, you could work in the kitchen or in a domestic role. There are different levels of management too- you could use your skills to become a deputy manager, registered manager or an area manager looking after a number of services.
The possibilities are endless! Working in social care means you may find a role that suits you in the community, a care or nursing home, a hospice, an office or in someone’s own home.
One of the great things about working in social care is the opportunity to learn whilst on the job! When you start working in social care, part of your induction may be undertaking the Care Certificate, which outlines the minimum standards of working. This includes things like First Aid, Fluids and Nutrition, Communication and more.
There are also qualifications on offer, including QCF levels 2, 3 4 and 5 in Health and Social Care, and standalone courses such as Mental Health Awareness, Business and Administration and Stroke Awareness. Many care services nominate ‘Champions’, which means you can learn more about a topic you are interested in, and use your knowledge to support other staff, service users and ways of working in the service.
“Not only do I feel like I’m giving something back but the people I care for give so much to me too. I feel so valued and appreciated, I wouldn’t go back to working in retail now.” Lesley, care assistant
The Care Workers Charity promote the financial, professional and mental wellbeing of care workers
Anyone working in social care can apply for a Blue Light Card, which offers exclusive discounts and offers with online and high street retailers.
As well as job pages such as Indeed, it’s also worth looking to see if your college or university has a jobs board too!
The Proud to Care website has a host of information if you’re looking for a job in care, including:
Proud to Care also publish job listings in your local area!