Why work in care?

Care workers support people with all aspects of their day-to-day living, including social and physical activities, personal care, mobility and at meal times. They can work either in residential settings or in people’s own homes.

Every job has its merits but there are few things more rewarding than caring for another person, whether it is helping them with their short or long term care and support needs or simply with enjoying their day. At the end of each shift you will be able to head home with the knowledge that you’ve made a real difference to their quality of life.

It's also a great starting point if you are interested in a career in nursing or social work, as you will build up a range of qualifications as a care worker. Working hours can be flexible, too, so for people who need to work around other commitments such as childcare or studying, a career in care has this benefit as well.

My Mom was coming home after 2 years in hospital, she was in an unrecoverable state after a car accident. We were scared and anxious. We were having care, even that was scary all these strangers looking after my Mom, the carers came in and they were fantastic, it did not matter they they had 6 calls before they could have their lunch or they were working till 10 oclock at night, when they were with my Mom, she was the only one that mattered. These carers changed our lives. After several years in youth work I decided on a career change. I wanted to make a difference in people's lives, I wanted to be one of those fantastic carers, so I did, I've never had a job so rewarding. It's hard some days but we make a difference. 5 years later I am now the Manager of the branch, I train the carers and give them the tools to make a difference in people's lives.”

Christine Shepherd, Registered Manager, Cera