Jobs and Careers Autumn 2017 - 112
LOOKING FOR A JOB OFFERING FLEXIBILITY
AND THE CHANCE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
TO PEOPLE'S LIVES? TRY THE CARE SECTOR
backdrop of a
thing about the
remains true -
with an ageing population, the need
for care workers at all levels is greater
than ever. Indeed, 1.58 million adult
social care roles were recorded in
England in 2017, and this is a number
that's set to rise in direct proportion
to the growing number of people aged
65-plus within the general population1.
As well as the residential care
that forms the backbone of the UK's
care industry, the social care sector
encompasses youth and community
work, social work, sheltered housing,
helping those with addictions and roles
supporting people with physical or
mental disabilities to live independently.
These are backed up by "auxiliary"
positions the sectors couldn't operate
without. These include administration
and finance professionals who keep
the back office ticking over, as well
as the cooking and cleaning and staff
who ensure the people in their care are
comfortable and well looked after.
Below we look at five of the
most popular roles in care.
This role involves helping clients with
their personal care, such as washing
and dressing, preparing food and
medication, if needed, carrying out
general tasks such as housework or
the weekly shop, and helping the
client get out and about if required.
Showing an interest in clients' lives
and the ability to chat over a cup of
tea and a biscuit are also essential!
What skills do I need? Good
communication skills, plenty of
patience and tact, and the ability
to remain calm under pressure,
as you may find that some clients
have challenging behaviour.
How can I progress? There
is scope to take on a supervisory
role or managerial position.
How much can I earn? Salaries
start around £12,500 to £16,000,
increasing to £17,000 to £19,000
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