The new financial year signals another step in social care reform - and new challenges come with that too. But what does the wave of social care cuts actually mean to your career in the social care sector?
The first thing to note is that we saw greater noise in this area – people became more aware of what you achieve, and not just if you work for the NHS. Victory! So now there’s a focus on care that really cares
. People working in the social care sector are now more appreciated than ever – and so you should! People who work in care are typically some of the hardest working and kindest people, and it isn’t going unnoticed.
What does that mean for your career in social care?
You’re in Demand
As the sector streamlines, there’s more demand for skilled, passionate and hardworking people. The social care sector craves the right type of person – that means having the right skills and experience to get your career started in this area. If you’ve got the knowledge and skill-set in specific areas of care you’ll see your career options widen. If you don’t have this already, it might be time to hit the books and boost your knowledge – it will certainly pay off!
Even with the sector becoming more financially efficient, we still need fantastic people like you to provide care and assistance to our mums, dads, brothers, sisters, friends, neighbours…and everyone else in between! There will always be the need for social care workers, so you won’t find yourself in a position where you’re kicking your heels for work.
There’s still huge demand
for roles like Care Assistant and Support Worker. At point of writing, Indeed are advertising 37,098 roles nationwide related to ‘Care Assistant’ and 36,469 roles nationwide related to ‘Support Worker’. That shows us how many opportunities are available for these two roles alone; a career in social care is certainly not unachievable!
Specialised care triumphs! There’s no longer a ‘one size fits all’ approach to care – there’s more understanding of how to deliver care that’s right for the individual, not just the masses. That means you’ve got more opportunities for career progression. You’ll have the chance to specialise your knowledge and deliver individual care that matches the demand in the sector.
No matter where you start in social care, or where you’re looking to take your career, there will always be room to progress and develop your skills. It’s worth remembering that progression is two-fold; you can take a step sideways in a new role that’s at the same level in a different environment, or you can move up to a job with more responsibility, requiring new skills, knowledge and qualifications.
Social care continues to change in line with the needs of an ageing population and a focus on helping people live independently. Care organisations roll with these changes by offering new ways of working, and creating new roles and career opportunities. That means your new job could be just around the corner!
Own Your Future
Working in social care means your skills are invaluable. But don’t sit around and wait for those job offers and promotions to come to you! Own your future and work for it!
Did you know that there are over 50 qualifications for different levels of social care? That’s a huge amount of opportunities to progress your career and gather the practical skills and knowledge for the role you really want!
You may even find a chance to take further training with your current employer. Sure there will always be mandatory training, like health and safety or manual handling, but it’s worth checking with your company to see if there are chances for you to take additional training. If you don’t ask, you don’t get!
More than anything, having the right attitude is key – you’ll make the most of the opportunities if you prove you’re hardworking and committed to developing your career. Step outside your comfort zone, take on responsibilities that aren’t on your job description, take training and show you’re motivated – it all helps to get you noticed for that next career move!
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