Ty Williamson got his degree in business management and worked for 11 years in retail management with a major supermarket before deciding he wanted to change his life and career.

“I worked for over a decade in retail management but realised it just wasn’t for me anymore. I knew I had a caring nature so decided to pursue a career that would make the most of this.

“Initially, I worked two days a week at Carr Gomm, a leading Scottish social care and community development charity, which eventually led onto full-time employment there. I developed a real love for my job and soon realised it’s a vocation rather than something I do just to pay the bills.

“Don’t get me wrong, it can be challenging at times and you’re often working with people who have very complex needs, but it’s so rewarding.

“On the very first day of the job, I was working with a young man who had experienced a number of challenges and had spent time in prison. Through my role, I supported him to find a place to stay and a job trial as a maintenance worker with a housing agency.

“He was taken on full-time in that role and has now worked there for years. He actually came to see me to thank me for the help I’d been able to give him. It’s little things like this that make the job so special and makes you appreciate the impact you can have on other people’s lives.”

Ty’s advice to people looking to apply for an adult social care position:

“Since starting my role in care, I’ve never woken up and dreaded going to work, which I don’t think many people can say. So, if you’re looking for that job satisfaction and a role that gives you an opportunity to help other people, just go for it. Try it out, speak to people already working in caring roles and enjoy the challenges and progression that a career in care offers.”