National Careers Week: 5 Reasons to Discover a Career In Care

01 March, 2021  ·  Less than a minute read

If you’re looking for a change of direction in your career, but haven’t found the right path yet, then we may have just the thing for you.  

 

In celebration of National Careers Week, we’re exploring the benefits of pursuing a career in care:

 

1. A Career in Care Offers Job Satisfaction

 

Job satisfaction affects the way a person works. If you’re not satisfied with your job, you may feel less motivated to put in the effort at work - and if this is true on a larger scale, the company is likely to have a high turnover of employees.

 

Job satisfaction can be measured by how well supported a staff member feels, and how appreciated they feel. 

 

Coupled with the appreciation from the people they look after, and the gratitude of their residents’ families, the result for carers is often high levels of happiness within their workplace environment and satisfaction in their choice of a career in care.

Elderly lady and caregiver talking through care plan - career in care
↑ Career in care: Young caregiver and elderly lady smiling together

2. A Career in Care is Rewarding


Caregiving is regarded as one of the most rewarding careers. Every day, you’re improving the quality of someone’s life - and that’s no small feat! 

 

Helping someone, and making a real difference in their lives, is extremely fulfilling. 

 

Small, but meaningful gestures like seeing your care recipient smile, hearing them say thank you, or seeing improvements in their ability to do something, make all the difference.

 

 

3. Every Day Is Different

 

A career in care brings so many opportunities for friendships and experiences that you might not otherwise have.

 

Each resident has a different background, culture, and experience, offering you the chance to be the recipient of some interesting life stories!

 

It could be that one day, a resident tells you she was a former gardener - and so you end up having a spontaneous day out in the garden. Or, perhaps you’ve got a resident that tells you he used to work in a kitchen, and you end up learning how to make the perfect pastry!

 

No two days will ever be the same if you pursue a career in care.

Career in care - display of baking equipment with elderly hands holding a pastry heart
↑ Close up of hands holding pastry heart

4. Flexible Hours


Care is needed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and so there is plenty of flexibility when it comes to shift patterns. If you have children or other commitments, you can often work around them.


Flexible hours include things like: working term time only, part-time, job sharing, or compressing your hours (longer shifts over fewer days). 


Caregiving is rewarding, but it’s also extremely hard work - and so employee happiness is given plenty of consideration.


If employers can accommodate carers’ hours as much as possible, they’re much more likely to be happier and less stressed at work.

Career in care - caregiver looking after elderly care recipient
↑ Young caregiver caring for elderly lady

5. On-the-Job Training and Development


Quite often, for a career in care, you don’t need formal qualifications, as training and courses will be provided once you start. 


A large part of caregiving is having the right personality and attitude. If you’re a naturally caring and compassionate person with thick skin, and you have a can-do approach, then you’ll be an ideal fit for a career in care.


The caring environment will provide you with a variety of opportunities that will help with your personal development and growth, as well as an abundance of skills to add to your CV.

 

If you think you would do well with a career in care, take a look at our careers page for our current vacancies. 

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