Jobs and Careers Autumn 2017 - 114
As an admin assistant in the care
industry, you could be based in a care
home or an office supporting carers
in their roles. This is a busy role that
requires good organisation skills and
attention to detail - there may be
data entry, typing reports, general
office duties such as photocopying and
ordering office supplies, managing
enquiries and supporting senior staff
(organising travel, for example).
What skills do I need? Some
employers require GCSEs grades
9-4 (A*- C), including maths and
English. You'll also need good IT,
grammar and number skills, as
well as a professional manner.
How can I progress? You
can be promoted to supervisor
or office manager.
How much can I earn? Salaries
start around £14,000 to £18,000,
increasing to £19,000 to £23,000
with experience. Office managers
can earn up to £30,000.
People in this role help vulnerable
individuals and families to live
safely and experience a good quality
of life. You'll be supporting people
with varying needs, from mental
health issues to physical disabilities
and those who are elderly. You'll
likely spend time with families
and children who need support to
live more balanced, stable lives.
What skills do I need? You'll need
a degree in social work approved
by the Health and Care Professions
Council (HCPC) or, if you have an
unrelated undergraduate degree, to
do a two-year postgraduate diploma
or masters degree in social work. You
can also apply for a fast-track training
route such as Step Up to Social
Work (search at gov.uk for details).
You'll need to be compassionate,
with good communication and
problem-solving skills, and to be
organised and resilient - this is
a role in which you're likely to
encounter emotional distress.
How can I progress? The most
common professional development
qualification is an MA/MSc in
advanced social work, which will
give you the opportunity to register
as a higher-level practitioner with
the General Social Care Council.
How much can I earn? Newly
qualified social workers earn
around £22,000 a year, while
experienced and higher-level
practitioners receive £40,000 to
£45,000-plus. NHS social workers
earn £26,041 to £34,876.
need to be
with a great deal
As a youth worker, you'll be involved
in helping young people reach their
potential, in their education and
personal lives. You'll support them
with issues such as bullying, gangs,
drugs, violence and difficult family
relationships, help devise and run
youth activities and projects, create
business plans and apply for funding.
What skills do I need? You'll
need a bachelor's degree validated
by the National Youth Agency (see
box, right). Additional professional
training is available to graduates
who don't hold a relevant degree.
You'll need to be compassionate,
patient, sensitive and reliable,
with a great deal of resilience.
How can I progress? Professional
development is provided on the
job, and the Institute for Youth
Work (see box, below) encourages
continuous professional development.
Postgraduate courses in community
work are also available, after which
you can take on more specialist work,
such as working in gang prevention.
How much can I earn? There's
a broad range of salaries for youth
workers, especially among those
starting out. Those who are still
qualifying can earn between £14,597
and £26,398, while more experienced
professionals earn £23,213 to £37,549.
disability support worker
This broad role involves supporting
adults with learning disabilities to live
fulfilling lives in a way that helps them
be as independent as possible. You
may help with shopping and cooking,
plan trips out or manage their
finances - and you'll need to be a kind
and reliable presence in their lives.
What skills do I need? Patience,
tact, compassion and resilience.
Voluntary experience in the social
work or care sector can help, and
you'll need some English and maths
skills, as well as a clean driving
licence. You'll also need a Disclosure
and Barring Service (DBS) check.
How can I progress? A charity
such as Mencap offers a wide
range of learning and development
programmes for support workers,
including management training.
How much can I earn? Starting
roles pay £17,000 to £21,000 a year,
which can rise to £22,000 to £24,000
with experience. Senior support
workers earn up to £27,000.
FIND OUT MORE
I nstitute for Youth Work
National Careers Service
National Youth Agency
Skills for Care
Words: Claire Lavelle. Photography: Shutterstock, Getty Images. Source: Skills for Care
with experience. As a supervisor,
you can earn up to £25,000.
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