To land your first care worker job, all you need are the right qualities, rather than specific qualifications. There are lots of entry-level adult care jobs, including domiciliary, in care home roles and live-in roles. All offer on the job training to help you develop both your skills and your confidence while you work.
As there are lots of different job roles in adult social care, there will be something for you, 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 through the Shared Lives scheme (external website).
Care worker roles include:
- Care workers – work with people who need direct care and support
- Activity support worker – arranging social activities and helping people take part
- Personal assistant – directly employed by an individual to help them live independently
- Rehabilitation support – helping people recovering from an accident or illness
- Shared Lives carers open their homes to 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.
Many supporting roles are also available, such as:
- Admin / office roles – receptionists, finance and personnel jobs
- Ancillary services – catering and cleaning staff, drivers and maintenance personnel.
Find out more on the adult social care (external website).