Working in the social care sector, particularly with counselling skills is an incredibly rewarding career path. If you’ve got experience working as a care worker or social worker, you’re already familiar with the key skills needed for this area – you’ll be compassionate, caring and understanding; that’s the first step to getting started in your new career!
If your journey to working in social care has already begun, you’ll understand how important it is to have the right skills and qualifications under your belt. If you’re new to the sector and want to get your career started, take a look at the infographic below to start your career journey!
1 – Understand what you want to do
It’s important to establish early on what you actually want to do. From this point, you can plan exactly how you’ll get there. If you’re looking to specialise in drug and alcohol abuse counselling, it’s worth planning your route on how to get there.
2 – Look at the job market
Research the role you want to understand what skills, qualifications and experience recruiters are looking for. That gives you a chance to work on your professional development ahead of applying so you stand the best chance of getting that job!
3 – Specialise
Now you know what you want to do and what employers are looking for, now’s the time to specialise your knowledge with training! If the job you want requires a specific level 3 certificate, chances are you won’t even get an interview without it! Focus on courses that are geared towards your career goals – that way you’re getting the most suitable training!
4 – Utilise career support
Good quality training providers will want to help you start your new career and will do whatever they can to help you get there. Opt for a training provider that offers course perks, like career support. They’ll help you get your CV in shape and help secure you interviews with corporate partners – meaning your new career could be closer than you thought!
5 – Keep learning
So you’ve established what you want to do, done your research, specialised your skills, and made the most of career support; you’re now in your dream job! That’s great! The key to career success is keeping your knowledge up-to-date and relevant. Look at short courses to keep your skills fresh!
You’ve completed your working in social care journey! Now it’s over to you!
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