Jun 1, 2016
A career in care work can be incredibly rewarding. You are providing a valuable service not just to the people you are looking after, but to their friends, families and society as a whole. You can make a difference to a person’s quality of life, their mood and their overall health and wellbeing. And that’s not all; here are five more benefits of working in care.
1. Connecting with clients
If you like people, there’s nothing better, as your work means connecting with different clients. It might be in the chat you have as you get someone dressed, the laughter you share with them over a cup of tea, or the way their eyes light up as you walk through the door.
When you visit clients in their home, you may be the only social contact that person has all day, and they will really look forward to your visit. It is one of the most satisfying parts of the job, to know you are leaving clients in a better frame of mind than when you arrived. Care staff often form close relationships with the families of the people they care for too, and even if they don’t see them, they know how much they are valued.
2. Supportive environment
Although care staff usually work on their own, at companies like ours they are part of an extremely supportive network. Not only do they have the support of other care staff, but they also know they can call the office at any time should they have a question or concern.
Knowing that other people are there to help you and that you are a valued member of a team is really important to work satisfaction. This is why we support our staff however we can, regularly acknowledge the great work they do, and highlight their achievements.
3. Flexible working hours
We always try to be as flexible as we can so that you can have a healthy work-life balance. Care staff generally work in a regular shift pattern with a set number of hours, but there is usually an option to take on extra work if you would like to. Many of our care workers (like Becky) have young families and manage to fit their shifts around the school run, while others prefer to do shifts in the evenings or at weekends.
4. Career progression
Another great thing about care work is that you don’t usually need any formal qualifications to start with (just certain personal qualities such as being caring and patient). You will receive all the training you need to be able to do your job followed by a period of ‘shadowing’, where you go out with an experienced care worker for a few days so you can get a feel for things and learn how everything works.
There are also plenty of vocational qualifications you can study for, such as the Diploma in Health and Social Care, and we encourage and support staff who want to gain qualifications alongside their work. There are many opportunities for career progression for care staff who want to ‘move up the ladder’, learn more about care work or branch out into another aspect of healthcare
5. Varied working life
As homecare involves going to visit various clients with different personalities and needs, the work is extremely varied. However, as you frequently see the same clients, you will soon have your own routine and it is this balance between variety and routine that many care staff (like Catherine) really enjoy about their job.
What personal qualities does a care worker need to have?
Like any job, care work is not for everyone. Care workers need to have an interest in people, be friendly yet professional and have a good degree of common sense. They’ll also need to be honest, reliable and responsible and have a flexible approach to life and work. Read our blog to find out more.
If you think a career in care could be right for you and you live in and around Dorset, Wiltshire, Somerset or East Sussex, see the jobs section of the Candlelight Care website for a list of our latest vacancies.