Existing and new starters to care careers

If you want a career where you can progress, feel secure, and get an enormous sense of personal achievement from knowing you are helping other people, then adult social care is for you.

Whether you are looking for a career change, thinking of returning to the social care sector, or starting your working life from school or college, there is a wide range of work opportunities in social care.

With a huge demand for workers, plenty of opportunities for progression and a job in which 96% of workers said they feel their work makes a difference, adult social care has lots to offer.

Making a difference

You can gain an enormous sense of personal achievement from simply knowing that your job is helping people. It’s about making a positive difference to people’s lives by contributing to their health, happiness and wellbeing.

For various reasons and stages in their lives, some people need support to develop and maintain their independence, dignity and control. Social care provides a whole range of services to support adults and older people.

Job roles in Social Care

There are lots of different job roles to choose from. You could be working in a home, out in the community or from someone’s house. You could be supporting a man in his 20’s with a learning difficulty or a woman in her 90’s, helping her keep her independence in her own home.

You could specialise in a particular area, such as occupational therapy; you could provide direct care as a care worker or personal assistant, or help provide the essential support a care home needs to run – such as administration, catering or maintenance. Skills for Care have put together a list of some of the job roles you could do and the qualifications and experience you may need, click here to view.

For more information on getting started with training, qualifications and resources please Click here

Skills for Care – Think social care video


Useful Links

Think Care Careers is an interactive site that helps you to find out what job roles there are in social care. It also shows you the range of skills and qualifications you need.


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