I could never do that.
Updated: Jan 21, 2019
I could never do that are the most common words I hear from people looking for work or seeking to change their jobs.
Support work or as many would see it, care work seems to be one of those jobs that many would say they couldn't do, yet the number of people within the UK who provide care and support in someway to a loved one or a family member is on the increase.
So many people seem to believe that they would be unable to work within this sector due to the need to support people with personal care.
"As if that is all we do"
Yes we support people with all the nitty gritty of life including waste management, meals, medication and more of the same!
But is a big word and in this case it is a big BUT.
We also get to support people in fulfilling their life goals, achieving their dreams, and taking their first step.
With the growing needs of people within the UK and a vastly under appreciated system of support for them, the system is lacking one thing - YOU! We need people with a passion to change the status quo and bring new ideas to our communities.
Whilst many in our society and culture deem they are good people and see the issue we face as a nation, few are willing to do anything of significance to make the difference. Whilst complaining of the problems within the health sector, NHS and adult social care. Many would state that it is a problem, but not their problem.
1 in 8 adults (around 6.5 million people) are carers
By 2037, it's anticipated that the number of carers will increase to 9 million.
Every day another 6,000 people take on a caring responsibility – that equals over 2 million people each year.
58% of carers are women and 42% are men.
These statistics are based around paid and unpaid carers.
A few reasons why you should care.
Flexibility, Change, Adaptability
Not looking for a standard 9 to 5 job? Support work is not your usual role. With flexibility in hours that can be worked to free up your time for the other pressures of life.
Support Workers’ are vital, for people to live their lives. From the small things, to the big things. You could bring meaning and help, providing the support that is needed.
The flexibility of shift patterns enables those working in care to fit their career around their commitments. So whether you’re a student trying to fit work around your studies, or a parent looking to earn alongside their childcare commitments; support work has you covered.
Real qualifications, Career, Future
You don’t always need to be fully qualified to find a job in the care industry. On the job training is available from most social health care services. This includes manual handling training, first aid, food and hygiene, infection control and the list goes on.
On-the-job training ensures that support staff have all the necessary skills in place to get started. There’s also the opportunity to continue professional development with further qualifications.
With a range of qualifications available. There is a need for motivated, enthusiastic people willing to make a difference and to make a career out of social work. The health care system is only ever as good as the people willing to make the change.
So not only will you be fully trained and prepared for your position, you will even get to add real qualifications to your CV. With real opportunities for career progression.
The career prospects are endless. We need to change perceptions. This is a role that few pursue as a career. Too many see these roles as small and meaningless and that is just not the case.
Variety, Change, Diversity
One of the biggest benefits of working as a support worker is diversity.
Constantly introduced to new environments. Meeting new people and doing different tasks as part of your day-to-day.
No gazing out of the office window wondering when home time will come, and no more boring working days all blurring into one.
There really isn’t ever a quiet or dull moment in health care.
Rewarding, Benefits, Recognition
The benefit of a career as a support worker is how much fulfillment you can get from it..
Job satisfaction is real. Taking pride in a job well done, a life changed, a moment that means the world to someone.
Every day you head off to work knowing you’re helping someone in need. Making their lives that little bit easier, happier and more fulfilled. Going home, knowing that you made a difference to their day provides a real sense of achievement that’s difficult to experience in any other role.
Building relationships with service users, not to mention their family and the wider support network.
"That personal connection is what makes support work so special."
What is the role of a support worker?
What is a care support worker? Support workers aid individuals, families and communities within the health and social care settings. They are the front-line staff in all care environments, responsible for the well being and comfort of those who use the services.
Must Have Qualities of a Personal Support Worker
Empathy, Honesty and Flexibility. It is very important for a support worker to be empathizing, genuine and of course flexible to be able to provide warm, responsive support. Compassion. Trust and Honesty. Professional and a skilled Motivator. Flexible and Adaptable. Problem Solving. Team Player, with Communication Skills.
These are what is known as soft skills. Skills that are not teachable within a class room setting. You will gain these skills and hone them by being in contact with real people in real life situations. Many job seekers today may not include this list on their CV, but these are the skills needed to do the job well. Some may say you either have them or you don't. But upon observation many people gain these skills just by being in and around situations where they are needed.
A picture speaks louder than words. in a society needing change and reform. Why not join and become a part of the change. What i stopping you from changing one life, today and another one tomorrow? together we can make a change, be the change and see our communities thrive.