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 well-being.
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.
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. We’ve picked out some of the job roles and put them in this short booklet to give you an idea of what sorts of jobs you could do:
Job roles booklet (pdf)
Hear from people already working in the sector talk about their job role, by clicking on the links below and watching the videos:
Working in social care - Team Leader
Working in social care - Deputy Manager
Working in social care - Care Coordinator
Working in social care - Independent Living Advisor
Working in social care - Tenancy Sustainment Officer
Working in social care - Payroll Officer
Working in social care - Support Worker
Working in social care - Chief Executive Officer
Working in social care - General Manager
Working in social care - Senior Care Worker
Working in social care - Managing Director
You may not need formal qualifications before beginning a career in social care. There will be plenty of opportunities to acquire more skills, training and qualifications depending on how far you want to take you career.
Speaking to an advisor at your local Jobcentre, or a Work Programme provider is a good start. You can also click on the links below to have a look at some of the options for starting your career in adult social care:
Skills for Care’s I Care… resources provide more information on what it’s like to work in care, including the different range of employers, job roles, training, development and career progression available.
Think social care video
Think social care leaflet (pdf)
Thought about a career in social care? (pdf)
You can take an online quiz to see whether a career in care might be for you by visiting: www.aquestionofcare.org.uk. Select the residential care worker from the three options in the quiz and answer the questions to see if your personality and qualities are suited to a career in care.
The interactive career pathways etool allows you to identify your particular social care interests against job 'levels' to find what roles there are and see what range of qualifications are needed for those roles. It also includes case studies and contacts for more information.