Because you care!
Urgent action is needed to tackle the staffing crisis in social care, a report warns.
The National Audit Office said that despite an increase in the number of people needing care, there are 90,000 unfilled staff vacancies, the watchdog found.
Whether you are looking for a change in career or the beginning of one, there are many reasons to pursue a rewarding career in care.
Having a real interest in the welfare of others can help you begin your journey up the care ladder. Many people care for a relative and that sparks their urge to help others. But that’s not the only reason people choose this healthcare route, so what else is there?
You can meet a wide variety of new people with fantastic life stories to share that can influence your own. You will become part of a wider team of healthcare professionals with the same interests as you. A lot of care providers have the capabilities to also offer extra training to get you qualified with an NVQ in Health and Social care.
You’ll have a very rewarding career. Having the recognition that you are making a genuine difference in someone’s life, by helping people maintain their independence is an experience like no other and you see the results in your hard work through their day to day life.
A lot of companies also offer flexibility with hours to fit around your life. Meaning you can continue with your daily activities, which is helpful for those with family commitments. Not only that but you can work close to where you live as there are so may care facilities throughout the UK, which eliminates the stressful morning commute.
So, how to get started?
In most cases there won’t be many academic requirements, but most employers would prefer some first aid skills. It is nice to already have a qualification in health and social care, at least to level 1. After this experience is vital, so volunteer work can be very beneficial in the long term, as you develop invaluable skills. Having the experience of caring for a family member is of great benefit too.
A different route you could try would be the apprenticeship care scheme, where you would work as a care assistant and gain the qualifications while working.
Due to the nature of the work, DBS and medical checks will be ran by your Employer to find out about your back ground.
What’s important to remember about this role is you will need a certain type of personality to enjoy the work and want to bring a light into someone’s life that may be isolated and lonely or in pain or distress.
Whilst starting wages are at or slightly above the Living Wage you can earn well as you train and progress within the profession.
MET Recruitment work with a number of care providers in the supported living, mental health support and dementia care sectors and would be delighted to help get you started in your career in Care.
Have a look at some of the jobs available on our website – www.met-recruitment.com/jobs.