The world of social care can be incredibly rewarding. Waking up every day, knowing you’re having a positive impact on somebody’s life can be life-affirming and give you satisfaction.
The financial rewards of social care, however, rarely match the emotional benefits of such a job. It’s often considered that roles in social care are low-paid, but there are ways that you can progress your career and get ahead in social care. Here’s what you need to do.
Types of career progression
Starting out in a care worker role can give you valuable skills and experience in the social care world, and it opens doors to opportunities such as working in community support, working as a personal assistant, becoming an activities coordinator, an occupational therapist or even supervising or managing a team. If you choose to go on to study further, you could even enter the NHS and work as a nurse, paramedic, midwife or hospital assistant. Clearly, there are lots of options to consider if you want to get ahead in care, but you need to learn how to make the right decisions…
Fine-tune your skills
Working in a junior care position will equip you with many of the skills you need to go for a promotion in the future, such as building relationships with clients, carrying out everyday tasks and helping people with their mobilisation, but there are other skills that you should look to focus on if you want to progress. And the more skills you learn before applying for promotions, the more prepared you’ll be to stand out and land your dream social care job.
For example, if you want to work in management, then you could lead a weekly group outside of work related to a hobby or special interest. Doing so will give you confidence and help improve your management, organisational and people skills. On the other hand, if you want to work in a medical care role, ask for experience dealing with your clients’ medical records, administering medication and assisting in their hospital visits and appointments.
How to get started
If you’re ready to get started and work on a promotion in social care, then start by landing a new role. You can find social care job opportunities on the Employ Social Care website, or you could ask at your current employer whether there are any other roles for you. It makes sense to start at the bottom and work your way up, so evaluate your current skill set and experience and apply for positions that are most closely aligned with where you are now.
There’s no denying that social care is hard work, but it’s one of the most rewarding jobs that you can have. Whether you want to work your way into a managerial position or you’re happy in your current role, take pride in the fact your work helps other people every day.