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 social care could be the career for you.
Everyone gets a full induction when they start, including any optional training relevant to your role (such as fire safety 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 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.
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.
A career in adult social care can not only make a difference to those you support, but also to your own life. Harry chose social care because he enjoys seeing people happy. He learns as much from those he supports as they learn from him.
Hear how Blesson progressed in his career, starting as a care worker and using his experience to further his training and work his way up to become a Registered Manager.
You don’t necessarily need previous experience to work in adult social care, but you do need the right values. Averil shares how her team at Grove Residential make a difference every day through patience, commitment, and compassion.
Hear from the team at Albany House, a residential care home, on why they look forward to coming to work and the importance of team work.
Watch Trish, a Support Worker in residential care, talk about how she got into social care, and hear from James, who she supports in his home.
Hear from Bev, who started as a Support Worker and has progressed in her career to be a Deputy Operations Director now.
Hear from Dee, a Senior Care Giver in residential care, on how working in social care gives her the flexibility to balance her job and a busy home life.
Marita is a Home Care Worker – hear about the variety of things she does day-to-day to support her clients in their own homes.
Hear from Simon, who used to work in the building industry and is now a Support Worker, on the flexibility of working in social care.
Social care attracts all kinds of people with one thing in common - a desire to help make a difference every day.
From care worker to activities worker, there are many ways to make a difference. Take a look at some roles available and see which could be right for you.
If you're a kind, compassionate person who'd like to make a difference to people's lives, then social care could be the right career 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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