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Could you have a career in care?

by Gemma Melling

Have you ever considered a career in adult social care? That’s the question being asked by a campaign encouraging people in Knowsley to apply for jobs caring for vulnerable adults.

The campaign, called ‘every day is different when you work in social care’ calls on locals to find out about the many ways they can make a difference working in the care sector.

What kinds of careers are there in care?

There are lots of jobs to suit every type of budding care professional, with many opportunities for on-the-job training and career progression.

Opportunities include working in a care home or extra care facility, becoming a carer with a home care agency or joining Knowsley Council’s Reablement Service. Families who manage care budgets on behalf of their loved ones can also hire someone to provide care on an individual basis.

So if you’re the sort of person who treats others with respect, listens to their needs, and is warm, understanding, kind and honest, then social care could be the job for you. It could also open the door to many new career opportunities.

Michelle’s story

Michelle Hardman has always wanted to work in care and initially thought she would become a nurse. But having cared for her grandmother, she decided on a career in the care industry.

‘I wanted that close connection with people and to work in an environment where you were able to develop a relationship with people and make a difference to their lives every day,” she explained.

After leaving school, the former All Saints High School pupil went to college to study a BTEC level in Health Care Level 3 before progressing her career. That was eight years ago and Michelle now works at Appleby Court Care Home in Kirkby as a Team Leader.

As well as providing direct care for the residents, Michelle also supervises medication and liaises with a range of health professionals. But it’s the ‘hands on’ side of the work that is still the highlight of her working day.

She added: “I love getting to know the residents and them getting to know you. You’re there to hold their hand and make them comfortable – sometimes you know you have brightened up their day.”

And Michelle has no hesitation in recommending the care industry to anyone considering their career path – or even a change of direction.

“If someone is considering working in the care industry, I would say, just do it. There are also lots of career opportunities and opportunities for qualifications and training if you want to work your way up. The job has so many rewards and it’s something you will fall in love with. So if you love working with people and making a difference to their lives every day, why not give it a try.”

Want to find out more?

Contact Knowsley Works on 0151 443 5812 for details of the latest vacancies, or visit www.everydayisdifferent.com to find the right role for you.