06 Nov Time for a Career Change? What About Care?
“The most satisfying jobs are those that involve caring for and protecting people. The happiest jobs are those that involve giving to others.”
We all know people who’ve ‘fallen out of love’ with their job in their 40s. Maybe the career that was once exciting now fails to satisfy. Perhaps a good wage is no longer enough to justify the daily grind. For many there’s a feeling that time is running out, if they’re to retrain, refocus and refresh their passion for work.
Lots of care workers come into the Social Care profession in later life. They all have their stories to tell, but there’s generally a common theme running through them:
“Earning a living wasn’t enough for me any more; I wanted to make a difference.”
“At a certain point you reassess what you’re spending your life doing. I wanted to do something meaningful”
“I’d always wanted to be part of a caring profession but I hadn’t had the confidence. Once I hit 40 it was now or never.”
Opportunities for Older Care Workers
Many Care jobs don’t require formal qualifications to start earning money. So there’s no need to sacrifice your earning potential, or take time out to get a new qualification. People who have been in the workplace bring a set of transferable skills which are valued in their new environment.
Training is provided for free, and happens as you work. Additionally, new care assistants are integrated into a supportive team and are carefully mentored through their early experiences. There’s always help on hand 24/7, so you’re never having to cope alone.
Building a Second Career at Bedfordshire Supported Housing
At Bedfordshire Supported Housing we invest in the training and development of our employees because we know it yields rich rewards. The training we arrange reflects the needs of our service users and comprises face-to-face, continual assessment, e-learning and evidence gathering. All our support staff are encouraged to complete QCF Level 2 and 3 in Health and Social Care.
The majority of our management team started out in care assistant roles and have developed their career within our organisation. We encourage this route as we gain individuals who share our values and practise them daily within the Beds Supported Housing community. We provide mentoring, access to 360° management assessment programmes and FE courses. Most BSH managers complete their QCF, Level 5 in Leadership and Management, or are educated to degree level.
“My employment history had begun at 16 years old and includes a vast array of roles including; cleaner, chef, receptionist, barmaid, and later several managerial positions, none of which allowed me to progress or develop. I had no previous experience as a support worker when I started at BSH.” Jane’s Story
If you would like to know more about starting a second career in care work, with Bedfordshire Supported Housing, we would love to hear from you. Call 01234 954415