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Five reasons to become a care assistant

Fonthill House, St Albans, Hertfordshire

Are you thinking of joining the 1.5 million people working in adult social care in the UK? If you have the right skills and personality, taking on a care assistant role could be a great career move. 

Flexible hours, opportunities to learn and a real sense of job satisfaction: there are many benefits. Here are some of the top reasons why people become care assistants.

It’s a rewarding and satisfying role

For many people, a job caring for people seems to be quite a natural career choice. Whether you care for people at home or you just like to help people, a care assistant job can be an immensely rewarding role. The fulfilling nature of the job is always one the top reasons for applying for a care assistant position.

And if you take a look at any care assistant job description, you’ll quickly see that having a caring nature is one of the primary requirements of many roles. So if you enjoy taking care of people, this is a job where you’ll be greatly appreciated – by residents, families and colleagues – and your personality will be a valued asset.

The role is also rewarding because you’ll see the effect that loving care has on residents. You’ll form close relationships with them, providing them with vital companionship and support. With your help, the people you care for can live with dignity and independence, enjoying a full social life as part of a community.

There are many opportunities for career progression

If you don’t have any qualifications from college or university, career progression can be difficult in some industries. Working as a care assistant, however, you may not need any qualifications to get started and a lack of qualifications won’t hold you back. In fact, working as a care assistant opens up many routes for career progression.

The most obvious route is going on to become a senior care assistant or a care manager. When managing care assistants, it helps to have previously worked as a care assistant yourself. Alternatively, you might prefer to work in a different setting, using your experience and skills to enter the housing and social care sector.

Many employers in the care sector will pay for you to study towards qualifications and certifications, which will help your career prospects. You’ll also pick up a great many transferable skills while doing the job, which will widen your career options even further.

You’ll learn transferable skills

Being a care assistant is a truly varied role, with your tasks changing as residents’ needs change or as you work with different residents. Our care home, for instance, offers respite care and care services for terminally ill people, young adults requiring care and rehabilitation care after surgery.

Most people receiving 24 hour care will need some form of physical support, for which you’ll be trained in manual handling. But just as important as the physical aspects of the job are the soft skills you’ll need. You’ll definitely develop your social and communication skills, because providing companionship is a core part of the role. You might learn to administer medication and you’ll certainly learn how to properly monitor somebody’s vital signs. It’s likely that you’ll also be trained in first aid and CPR.

These are skills that are applicable to a great many different roles and sectors, including the medical profession and jobs that require advanced interpersonal skills.

It’s a sociable job

Care assistants up and down the country enjoy the sociable nature of their job. At our warm and welcoming care home, for instance, you’ll find friendly workmates who share your passion for caring. You’ll also build up relationships with residents, providing companionship, hearing about their lives and experiencing varied activities with them.

Indeed, forming close bonds with the people they look after is a crucial aspect of any care assistant’s role. In some cases, people see their caregivers more frequently than they see their family and friends. So interpersonal skills are an absolute must if you want to be a care assistant.

If you like to chat and get to know people, this is one the few jobs where you’ll be paid to do just that!

You’ll have good job security

The care sector is growing and growing, partly because the UK’s population is now living longer than ever before.

With increasing demand for adult social care services, there are thousands of care vacancies requiring candidates like you. In uncertain economic times, when many industries and businesses are struggling, the care sector offers real security.

If you’re a compassionate person, a career as a care assistant can be as rewarding as it is varied. What’s more, you’ll pick up plentiful skills, with the opportunity to learn and progress on the job.

For more information on our open positions, you can visit our career page or feel free to get in touch

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