This job is really rewarding and personally satisfying because you’re helping with tasks that could really be changing a person’s quality of life.
This is how Amy, from the Adult Services Basingstoke Community Response Team, describes her job.
Amy features in our Hampshire-wide campaign to help recruit carers to look after people in their own homes.
The Change Lives campaign, delivered in partnership with the NHS, promotes the wide range of career opportunities available within care, and helps to dispel some of the myths about care work. The campaign is supporting not only the work of the County Council, but also the wider care industry, particularly our care at home providers. The campaign is running over the next few months on radio and on social media.
Amy was really keen to share her enthusiasm in the hope it will encourage other young people to consider care as a career after leaving education, be that school, college or university.
When I left university I never imagined I would be working in care. It’s one of those jobs where you think you know what it is about, but when you start doing it, there is so much more to it.
It’s not just about you and another individual. You’re working with different teams, GPs, physio and occupational therapists, and there is a huge amount of career progression. I would encourage people of all ages to come into this job, but particularly young people because you will never be bored. There is always something new going on. You can’t compare it to any other job.
With an increasing number of disabled younger adults living longer and the growing number of older people needing care, adult social care is expanding. Nationwide, the sector needs at least another one million workers by 2025. As well as promoting employment opportunities, the County Council has worked in partnership with the NHS and care agencies across the county to encourage more people to consider caring as a career, by improving terms and conditions for care workers.
Whether you are just starting out or want to take a new direction, why not choose a career where you can make a real difference and change lives? You do not necessarily need to have formal qualifications to start your career in care because you will be offered training to develop the skills and knowledge required. The most important thing for employers is that you have the right personality traits, frame of mind and values. If caring comes naturally, this career choice could be ideal for you.