If you’re passionate about helping people by doing a little housework, popping to the shops for groceries or even just a friendly chat over a nice cup of tea, a career in adult care would be perfect for you.
Whether you’ve always dreamed of starting a career in Social Care or are looking to upskill and progress your career further, our brand new Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care can help you do just that!
Why choose a career in Social Care?
One of the most popular reasons people choose a career in adult care is the sense of personal achievement and satisfaction you get from the role.
Knowing that you’ve been able to really help someone and make such a huge difference to their life is an incredibly rewarding feeling that you don’t usually get from many other careers!
In a recent survey of those working in Social Care, 88% of people said they were happy in their jobs, and 96% said they felt their work really makes a difference to their patients. It’s no wonder some 1.6 million people have chosen Social Care as their career of choice!
Aside from feeling great for it, the next most popular reason people choose Social Care is the job security. With our ageing population, adult care is becoming an increasingly growing sector – so much so that in 2017 there were around 1.6 million jobs available across the UK! This has increased by 21% (by around 275,000 jobs) since 2009 alone! It’s estimated that there will be a further 650,000 jobs to fill within the sector by 2035, so there’s never been a better time to re-train for a rewarding career in this growing industry.
The extra demand for Social Care workers also means there will be opportunities to progress and climb the career ladder. You can progress in your role and see your job develop to roles such as Healthcare Supervisor, Assistant Healthcare Manager or Care Manager – this also means you’ll command a greater salary too!
Once you’ve started your career in Social Care, there are often opportunities to develop and learn on the job, so you may be able to complete further training and earn extra qualifications throughout your career!
With the rise in zero-hour contracts throughout the UK, many people seek the reassurance of a permanent contract. The good news is that 90% of workers within the adult care workforce are employed on a permanent contract, and 51% work on a full-time basis. This ensures your financial security, not least if you plan on making an important purchase, like buying your first home.
It’s also the perfect career choice for people who need flexible working hours – for example if you have a young family or a second part-time job. Carers will often work various hours and days to fit around their commitments and those of their clients. If and when you are ready to take on more hours and responsibility, you’ll usually be able to increase your hours quite easily as there is a high demand for people with your skills in many areas of the sector.
Already have a career in Social Care? Step up into a senior role!
If you are already fortunate enough to have a career in Social Care, why not step up into a more senior role and start climbing the career ladder!
For many roles within the sector, like Care Assistant or Support Worker, you may only need a Level 2 Diploma to start working here, however a Level 3 Diploma allows you to enter (or progress) at a higher level (and of course increase your earning potential). With a Level 3 Diploma, you’ll be able to carve out a career with a focus on a specialised area, such as caring for people with dementia, autism or diabetes.
Depending on where you live and your role, you can currently earn an average salary of £32,500+
as a Care Manager per annum in the UK! So, it’s certainly worth working for your Level 3 Diploma to help you get there!
You can boost this by earning additional certificates in areas such as a Level 2 certificate in dignity and respect, Level 2 certificate in Positive Dementia Care, Level 2 certificate in Mental Health Awareness or Level 2 certificate in the Safe Handling of Medicines.
These will not only show your employer that you are trained to a high level, but they will also demonstrate that you have the most up-to-date knowledge in Social Care and that you are passionate about furthering your career within this field. Not to mention the extra income you’ll be able to command because of the additional training!
If you’re ready to re-train for an exceptionally rewarding career,
learn more about our Adult Care course here