Robert is in his third year in the adult social care sector and works for Abbotsford Care’s residential care home, Tayside View in Newburgh, Fife. He’s enjoyed the opportunity to gain qualifications and progress his career and is encouraging others to explore a career in care.
“My care journey started three years ago with Abbotsford Care. I started as a care assistant at an entry level. I then went on to complete my SVQ Level 3 and now I’m about to start at the Open University to study for a Health and Social Care degree.
“Before I started in care I was working in retail for years before becoming a store manager. I liked this but definitely wanted a change. I was sitting at home and came across the care assistant job on Facebook so decided to go for it. I felt completely supported from the beginning of my care journey. I think is a big thing as even if you don’t have experience, you’re provided with the guidance and help from day one in the care industry.
“A typical day in my role is hard to pin down because it always changes! In the morning, we start getting everyone up, showered and cared for. We also have lots of paperwork to complete, making sure everyone is up to date.
“The job is so rewarding. You go home satisfied and know you have done a good job and people are happy. I think what mainly inspired me to go into care was my mum being ill – this really put things into perspective for me and I’m grateful I can help more people each day.
“Getting the SVQ qualification and becoming a senior care worker has been great. I also achieved a British Sign Language qualification, as well as undergoing Material Citizenship training – both of which have been extremely valuable in helping our residents. I never thought I’d get these qualifications and have the opportunity to study a university degree while I work.
“Despite only being three years into my career, I’ve learned so much. I now have experience working with people with dementia, and I am a dementia ambassador which has been really rewarding. The job has also massively helped with my people skills as we often have to speak to families in a sensitive manner.”
Robert’s advice to people looking to apply for an adult social care position:
“I think if you’re an empathetic person, this is a great job for you. It’s amazing being able to see the help and difference you can make in someone’s life.”