It may surprise you to learn that in 2009 there were approximately 1.6 million people employed in adult social care in England. Despite the downturn in the economy this is growing year on year and by 2025 it if estimated that there will be over 3 million paid jobs in adult social care. There is a huge range of work opportunities in adult social care and it doesn’t matter about your background, how old you are, or your academic qualifications.
In a recent survey of people working in social care, 88% said they were happy in their jobs, 54% of them very happy. 99% agreed that they like feeling they help people and 96% felt that their work really makes a difference.
Whether you are looking for a career change, thinking of returning to work, or starting out on your working life, adult social care has much to offer:
- Community support and outreach workers
These workers help people overcome difficulties, helping them to cope with aspects of everyday living, develop socially and personally and live as independently as possible.
- Care workers and Senior care workers
They are the front line staff in all care settings, working with all types of service users receiving direct care. They generally assist with the service users’ overall care, comfort and well-being.
- Managers and Deputy Managers
Manage the day to day provision of social care services. A key role in maintaining standards of practice and supporting staff with care planning needs assessment and staff training.
- Senior Managers
Can include chief executives and directors who lead, direct and co-ordinate the functioning of the care organisation at a strategic level.
If you like working with people, social care work offers a rewarding job that can turn into a long-term career, with opportunity for promotion and progression.
To find careers and vacancies in social care talk to Jobcentre Plus, a careers advisor or study the local papers to find vacancies in your area.