Are you a people person? Are you at your happiest when looking after others? If you’re a caring person, and you really want to make a difference to someone’s life, then becoming a Care Worker could be the perfect career move for you.
The main role of a Care Worker is to provide support to a person in need of care, improving their lives by attending to their specific needs, and assisting them with their daily tasks.
Care Workers may find themselves working with children, the elderly, and people with disabilities or learning difficulties. However, key duties will usually include:
- Working with clients, their families and other professionals to identify their particular needs, and develop a care plan
- Providing personal care to clients depending on these needs (assisting them with washing/feeding/dressing etc.)
- Aiding a client with other every day or physical tasks, such as shopping, cooking or studying
- Providing emotional support to clients and their families
- Keeping the client comfortable and at ease at all times
To be successful in this position, having a passion (and patience) for helping people is essential. You will need exceptional communication skills and must be tactful and sensitive with your clients at all times.
Other key skills and attributes include:
- A friendly and approachable nature (good sense of humour also helpful)
- Ability to build relationships with clients and their families, and put them at ease
- Patience and sensitivity
- The ability to keep calm under pressure, as clients may sometimes be aggressive or anxious
- Critical thinking and problem solving
The most common career move would be moving into management or becoming a supervisor. Care Workers can also choose to specialise in a specific area of care, focus their skills on a particular demographic, or work privately and independently.
However, there really is no defined career path, and as many of a Care Workers skills are easily transposable, the role can provide an excellent foundation for a successful career in many other areas of health or social care.
What's it like to be a Care Worker?
I first got interested in the care industry whilst visiting my grandmother in her residential home. The Care Worker’s there were incredibly attentive and affectionate towards her, and they really made her life easier and happier. I started out helping in the care home on weekends, and I’m now a full-time care worker. My job is incredibly rewarding, and every day has new challenges. I wouldn’t change it for the world.