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Adult Social Care

Working in adult social care is not just emotionally rewarding, it’s one of the most varied jobs you can have. When you work in adult social care, you can support a range of different people with a variety of tasks, meaning every day is different. Plus, if you have existing commitments, flexible working patterns are often available, meaning you can find a fulfilling career that fits around you.

Types of roles

To land your first care worker job, all you need are the right qualities, rather than specific qualifications. There are lots of entry-level adult care jobs, including domiciliary, in care home roles and live-in roles. All offer on the job training to help you develop both your skills and your confidence while you work.

As there are lots of different job roles in adult social care, there will be something for you, it just depends what you’re interested in, who you want to work with and where you want to work.

You can work in a variety of settings, including in a residential care home, in someone else’s home or even your own home, supporting people through the Shared Lives scheme (external website).

Care worker roles include:

  • Care workers – work with people who need direct care and support
  • Activity support worker – arranging social activities and helping people take part
  • Personal assistant – directly employed by an individual to help them live independently
  • Rehabilitation support – helping people recovering from an accident or illness
  • Shared Lives carers open their homes to someone who needs care and support. It could be for a day, a short break, or to live with you as part of your family over the long term.

Many supporting roles are also available, such as:

  • Admin / office roles – receptionists, finance and personnel jobs
  • Ancillary services – catering and cleaning staff, drivers and maintenance personnel.

Find out more on the adult social care (external website).

Benefits of working in Adult Social Care

  • Many jobs in adult social care can develop into long-term careers, with plenty of opportunities to progress.
  • There are many different types of roles available, from direct care, administration and management. These could be in the community, a care home, or in someone’s own home.
  • Working in adult social care can be very rewarding, providing real job satisfaction and the opportunity to make a massive difference to people’s lives and local communities.
  • There are many training and development opportunities with many employers paying for their employees to complete formal qualifications while in their roles.
  • Flexible working is often available, meaning you can find a shift pattern that fits around your life and existing commitments.
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Desirable skills

You don’t need previous experience or qualifications to get started in many roles. If you’re passionate about helping others, you’ve already got the qualities it takes and there’s training for everything else.

For many employers a person’s attitude and ability to be empathetic are important factors, and there are often opportunities to enter care settings without previous direct experience in caring roles.

For many jobs, you don’t need any formal qualifications. However, there are some great options for free online learning which could give your applications the edge. This includes a level 2 qualification in Adult Social Care available for free through the Open University (external website).

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Working in adult social care, you’ll make a difference to people’s lives every single day, and they’ll make a difference to yours too. Watch the video below to find out why Maisie moved from working in retail to a career in adult social care.

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