Have you thought about a career in social care?
So, you've received/about to receive your exam results and will be considering your options – what’s next?
University? Backpacking in Asia? How about a career in social care?
Social care is all about supporting people to maintain their independence, dignity and control. You can make a real difference to someone’s life, from supporting someone with a range of disabilities, dementia or mental health conditions.
There are lots of routeways into the sector and plenty of opportunities for progression, and you don’t necessarily need any qualifications or previous work experience - you just need to have the right passion and values.
Why choose social care?
Adult social care is one of the few sectors where jobs are increasing. There are currently 1.6 million jobs in adult social care, and by 2035 we estimate that we’ll need enough people to fill an additional 650,000 – that’s a lot of jobs, and it’s only getting bigger!
What jobs could you do?
There are many roles available depending on what you want to do, who you want to work with and where you’d like to work. Somewhere in your community, there’s a job that you can do to help others.
Job roles can include:
- Care worker – front line staff supporting people with their overall care, comfort and wellbeing
- Personal assistant – or PAs, employed by an individual rather than an organisation and working with them in their home, place or work or community
- Activity worker – designing and delivering social activities for people
- Social worker – providing advice and emotional support to help people adjust to changes in their lives.
Find out more about these jobs and many more on this website!
Where do you start?
It may seem daunting, but there’s lots of advice and guidance to help you kick-start your career in social care.
Think Care Careers
This website has lots of information to help you find out what job roles there are in social care and the skills and qualifications you may need.
Hear from people who work in social care about what they do in their role and how they got there.
You can also speak to someone from the national careers service for advice.