Why should I consider a career in adult social care?

It’s a job that can make a huge difference to people’s lives, including yours. It’s the endless variety that makes it so rewarding. After all, no two people are the same, and neither are the days spent working with them. You could be working with people of all ages from all backgrounds with a wide range of needs, in their home, at a day centre or residential home, or out and about. The opportunity to learn and progress in a positive and highly social environment is also a big plus. There are plenty of roles to suit your skills and the level of responsibility will match your experience – so don’t worry about being overwhelmed, you’ll get the right support you need to develop your skillset, gain your qualifications and take your career to the next level. Another bonus is that some roles could offer flexibility as certain adult social care jobs are rota based so you may be able to work alongside existing commitments.

What transferrable skills could I use as a care worker?

Some entry-level jobs in adult social care don’t need any specific qualifications to start your career in adult social care. However, your own lived experience and certain transferable skills like patience, respect and compassion will help greatly in getting you started.

What support will I get to develop in an entry-level care job?

You will be supported right from day one. Whether that’s through discussions with your manager or tips from your colleagues. There will be induction programmes too, which can vary from online resources to on-the-job shadowing. There is also a range of free learning opportunities, with support available to guide you through these training resources. It’s always a good idea to contact your local employability partnership for more information and to see what’s available near you.

How can I get my first job in care with no experience?

While social care requires a skilled workforce, most social care workers gain a qualification while in work. You don’t need a qualification to get started in your role.

The training and experience you gain while working in adult social care are extremely valuable, but there are also many free learning materials used by social service workers that you can access now. More advice is available on the next steps page, such as tips on how to apply for a job in care and what you might be asked at an interview.

Your own lived experience and certain transferable skills can also help you get started with a career in care, for example, you might have gained experience caring for a member of your own family. Another great way to gain experience is through volunteering or from placements and work experience during your time at school, college or university.

“I love my job and I love helping those I support. I always learn a lot from them too! Yes, it’s a rewarding job but it’s so much more than that. Being able to understand things differently when you support people from all walks of life has made me more confident.”