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Getting into adult social care

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Getting started in adult social care

Working in adult social care is not just an emotionally rewarding role, it’s one of the most varied too. Working with a range of people with different care needs means every day is different to the next.

What’s more, adult social care is one of the few sectors where jobs are increasing, offering significant numbers of long-term career opportunities.

​You don’t need previous experience or qualifications to get started. If you’re passionate about helping others, you’ve already got the qualities it takes and there’s training for everything else.

So, if you are looking for a job to be proud of, now could be the perfect time to start your career in adult social care.

Visit the Every Day is Different website to find the right care job for you.

The right move for you

With thousands of jobs available nationwide, there are lots of great reasons to become an adult social care worker right now, including:

  • the opportunity to make a difference to people’s lives
  • long-term employment prospects and opportunities
  • flexible hours to fit around your other commitments
  • ongoing career progression and training

Finding the right role for you

Visit the Every Day is Different website to find everything you need to get started in adult social care. You will be able to explore the different types of care work, find out what is required in the different roles, and search for adult social care jobs in your area.

Hear why Maisie chose adult social care

Working in adult social care, you’ll make a difference to people’s lives every single day, and they’ll make a difference to yours too. Watch the video below to find out why Maisie moved from working in retail to a career in adult social care.

Where could you be working?

There are lots of different job roles in social care; it just depends what you’re interested in, who you want to work with and where you want to work. You can work in a variety of settings, including in a residential care home, in someone else’s home or even your own home, supporting people as a Shared Lives carer.

Care at home – supporting people in their own homes
Anyone at any stage of life could need care and support while living at home and in their community. This includes people with learning disabilities, mental health conditions, sensory impairment or physical disabilities and older people. Find out more on the Every Day is Different website.

Residential care – supporting people living in nursing/care homes
Residential care can often (but not always) involve working with people with health conditions such as dementia and other complex needs that make it difficult for them to live independently in their own home. Find out more on the Every Day is Different website.

Shared Lives schemes – opening your life to include someone who needs care and support
Shared Lives carers open their home and family life to include someone who needs care and support. It could be for a day, a short break, or to live with you as part of your family over the long term. Find out more on the Every Day is Different website.

Looking for a job in social care?

With thousands of jobs available nationwide, there are lots of great reasons to become an adult social care worker right now, including:

  • the opportunity to do important and meaningful work
  • the chance to help your local community
  • you’ll learn new transferable skills

Visit the Every Day is Different website today to find everything you need to get started in adult social care and search for adult social care jobs in your area.

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