In the UK today, there are over 1.34 million social care workers – that’s an incredibly huge amount of adults who are choosing a health and social career. For obvious reasons like the rewarding element, becoming a carer is a great career choice, but starting out in the industry might be a minefield with lots of providers offering different advice.
How do I become a care worker?
You don’t really need qualifications to set out in the care worker role as most places offer on the job training. Of course, it is beneficial to have studied something in healthcare to get a basic understanding of things but it’s not essential. Passion and desire to look after people are the biggest qualities needed to become a care worker and being able to empathise. If you are interested in becoming a carer here at Osburn Training Academy, we offer lots of regular training by our team of experts who will get you up to speed in no time.
What qualifications and training will I need to become a carer?
The core quality needed to be a care worker is passion for the job by a demonstrated desire to want to look after other people. Many people go into care after looking after a family member themselves or seeing a loved one looked after and wanting to give back, or being disheartened by seeing a bad care service and wanting to do better. Others are people who want to make sure people who need it have the best care and services possible. It’s important to remember that whatever your reason or journey, you are embarking on a selfless and rewarding career, where the best qualification you can have is passion.
How can you prove you have passion for this industry? Well, there are millions of voluntary and paid work jobs in care that will help you make a start in the field. A receptionist job in a local residential home will help you grasp the daily process and life in a care home for example. Volunteering to help out at events or spend a few hours with local care providers each week is also a good way to get a feel for how things are run and give you a chance to learn first hand how to handle personal care for patients.
What sort of person makes a good carer?
The flexibility, variety and changeability of caring for another person means this role is very suited to someone who is adaptable. If you like working with people and enjoy interaction with others, but aren’t worried about the confinement of routine, then a care role would be ideal. Even more so with a provider that offers care in the home, like Complete Care Agency, where you would be visiting new homes and people each day and you can benefit from a change of scenery than restriction to a residential care setting.
Resilience is key. When working with children or adults who have a learning or physical disability, frustration can present itself in uncomfortable ways. There may be days where you might feel unappreciated, but a solid understanding that this is not personal, and is often just the reaction of the individual to their situation is important. More often than not, care workers receive endless gratitude, smiles and daily thanks, but like any career, it can have more challenging moments.
A great care worker will be someone who is able to see the positive in every situation. Being able to walk into the home of an elderly person and help them with medication and personal care with a happy, positive attitude will make that small engagement a million times better for the individual and their own independence, happiness and approach.