dhsc

Every day
   is different
when you care

In adult social care, no two days are the same because supporting people of different ages, with different abilities and needs, means making a difference in all sorts of roles.

What it means to care

The sector is full of people doing amazing things every day. We asked a few to tell us just how rewarding it can be.

Different roles every day

From Activities Organiser to Support Worker, there are lots of roles out there; it just depends on your interests, who you’d like to work with, and where you’d like to work.

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Many ways to make a difference

Here’s a snapshot of some roles and the unique ways they make a difference.

 

From care to career

Many roles in adult social care are more about experience, values and qualities than qualifications, but you can still develop your skills with on-the-job training or formal qualifications.

While every role requires some core life skills like teamwork and problem solving, it’s your values, behaviour and attitude that will set you apart.

So, if you’re the sort of person who treats others with respect, listens to their needs, understands their emotions, and is warm, kind and honest, then caring could be the career for you.

Everyone gets a full induction when they start, so straight away you’ll be offered support to develop your skills, including any optional training relevant to your role (such as fire safety, moving and handling and first aid).

From there, it all depends on how you’d like to help make a difference and who you’ll be supporting. While you work, you can begin informal training and development opportunities, or undertake formal qualifications such as a Diploma in Health and Social Care (up to Level 5), or specialist subjects like dementia care, communication skills and team leading.

Whatever you’d like to do, and whoever you’d like to work with, you can gain all the practical skills and knowledge you need.

No matter where you start or what path you want to take, there are always opportunities to progress and develop in adult social care.

Maybe you’d like to work with a different group of people, specialise in a certain area, or take on more responsibility. Whatever it is, with the right attitude you could soon move into management, and there are over 50 vocational qualifications at all different levels to help you carve a truly rewarding career.

The right role for you

With full-time and part-time jobs available in your area, you can start making a difference in a way that works for you.

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