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Are you cut-out for a career in care?

A career in care can be highly rewarding and satisfying, and it is wonderful to do a job where you know that you are making a positive contribution to another person’s life. On the flipside, working in care can be tough and emotionally challenging – so you need to be the right sort of person to revel in this work.

What sort of person makes a good professional carer?

Lots of different people, from a variety of backgrounds work as carers, so this is a profession that attracts people with a wide range of skills and capabilities. However, you will need the following attributes:

  • You will spend all of your time helping others, so you must be a good people person
  • Having a caring nature and lots of patience are very important requirements
  • It helps to have good practical hands-on skills, for working with people in their homes
  • Good communications skills are absolutely vital so you can effectively understand people’s needs – even when they are not able to articulate these clearly

Do I need qualifications?

Sometimes it is possible to study whilst working in care or to follow an apprenticeship scheme, but most reputable agencies will require you to have qualifications as well as an up-to-date DBS check.

There are a number of different study routes available in order to secure your care qualifications. National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) are a recognised route to pursue.

City & Guilds has information on care qualifications and careers.

Skills for Care has information on learning and apprenticeships.

For individual advice you can speak to your local Careers Service or find more information online.

Working hours

Care can be a great career for people who want to work flexibly because it offers a wide choice of different work patterns in order to manage individual people’s needs. If you take on a full-time role, it is likely that this will involve working some nights and weekends on shift patterns.

Types of care jobs

There are a wide variety of different care careers to choose from, and one of the main types of care is domiciliary care – which involves supporting people to live independently in their own homes.

Tasks involve helping people to get up in the morning and get dressed, cooking, cleaning, and providing  assistance with basic medical tasks. Domiciliary care is often provided to older people who want to remain at home but can also be used for younger adults. Care can be provided an ongoing or temporary basis.

Care opportunities

If you are a caring person and are looking for a highly varied role where no two days are the same, then this could be the perfect job for you.

Saving Lives Global is a CQC accredited care provider and we are always looking for experienced and qualified carers to work throughout Essex. Take a look at our recruitment page for more information or get in touch with us to discuss the next step in your career.