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How to get started in a career in social care

After all the big changes we have seen over the last year there are many people who will now be thinking about what their next career move might be. For those looking for a new role where you get to make a difference to people’s lives every day, adult social offers a rewarding job that can turn into a fulfilling long-term career.

You don’t need previous experience or qualifications to get started as you will get on the job training and there are currently positions available in every part of the country so it’s the perfect time for you to start a new career and develop skills while supporting others.

Here are some top tips on getting started.


Find out if you’ve got the right values

In adult social care you’ll be enabling people to live more independently and have a better quality of life so to get started it’s important you have the right values. If you’re kind, enjoy working with people and are good at communicating you’d probably make a great care worker. Take this short quiz to help you find out if your values and attitude could make adult social care the perfect career for you.


Kickstart your career

You don’t necessarily need qualifications or experience to work in social care as on-the-job training is provided. What’s more, because you can learn and gain qualifications whilst you’re working you can quickly progress into roles with more responsibility or branch out and specialise depending on what you are interested in. So, if you want to develop your skills into a career, adult social care offers plenty of opportunities for progression.


Work out which role is right for you

There are a huge range of roles to choose from depending on what you want to do, who you want to work with and where you’d like to work. ​Jobs are available in a variety of settings and could involve supporting someone in their own home or a residential home, or even inviting someone to live with you in your own home supporting people as a Shared Lives carer. But wherever you are working and whoever you are supporting you can be sure that every day you will make a positive difference to people’s lives.


Find a job that fits your life

Adult social care is one of the sectors where jobs are increasing, offering significant numbers of long-term career opportunities to choose from. Many of these roles offer flexibility, allowing you to balance work and other commitments such as family. There are also many jobs that offer set hours, both full time and part time. So, whatever your preferred working arrangement you’ll find social care opportunities to match.  


Start your career in social care today

Working in adult social care is not just an emotionally rewarding role, it’s one of the most varied roles too. Working with a range of people with different care needs means every day is different to the next. 

So, if you are looking for a fulfilling new challenge then adult social care could be the move for you.

Visit the Every Day Is Different website to discover more about adult social care and find a job that’s right for you.


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Check out the 90,000+ open Care roles available on Adzuna today! And for even more insights on working in Care, read our interview with a recruitment manager at leading home care provider Helping Hands.