Five skills that make a care worker – could you do it?

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If you are considering a change of career, how do you choose which direction to take? We’ve asked some adult care workers to give us their insider tips for the skills needed for care work – read on to see if you’ve got what it takes, or register your interest and #FindYourCalling today!

Compassion

Mollie, 24, support worker, “I love making a difference – I know that I am helping people to be a better version of themselves, enabling them to do things on their own and build a level of independence.”

A good listener

Neil, 66, care worker, “I’ve discovered that this work is not simply about the care itself. It’s about building relationships and listening. I feel privileged to work with some fascinating people who have brilliant stories to tell and who have lived, and continue to live, really interesting lives. I am given the time to talk to the clients and have a good chat, sometimes they need a listening ear.”

Independence

Correy, 23, care assessment manager, “It’s not just a job, but if you are a caring person and like using your own initiative, then domiciliary care work is a brilliant career.”

Commitment

Mollie, 24, support worker, “The key thing I love about my role is the responsibility. By providing support and companionship I am helping people keep their independence and to continue living in their own homes. I can also see how much my client’s families value having some time to themselves, which they couldn’t do if I wasn’t there.”

Courage

Sam, 41, adult social care worker, “While the training was really thorough, my first individual shift was nerve-racking, but it went well. It’s a challenging job, you need to be very mindful and empathetic and build rapport with clients. I enjoy every minute of my job.”

If you think your skills match those of our care workers visit the Proud to Care Skills and Values page for more information and an online quiz to see if you have what it takes to work in adult care.

Register your details and get free one-to-one support to find out if a job in this sector is right for you.

 

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