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About carer jobs
Carer jobs can be found in many areas of health care provision. Technically, you can take a definition as one that involves many roles – from nursing to support worker – but typically, searching for carer vacancies will bag you a support role that helps individuals maintain a great standard of living.
Carer work involves a mass of different work which can end up being with all kinds of different people as well as within different environments. Considering your personality, home-life demands and work expectations will help you decide what area of care you’d prefer to specialise in or which area you’d like to transition to. A real plus to carer jobs is that there is often the opportunity ofr flexible hours outside the 9-5 grind. For those with other jobs, studies or children, care work can be very helpful. Carer jobs may also be at entry level or involve further progression; it all depends on your experience and preference.
The main environments that carer jobs can be found within are care homes, nursing homes, supported living set-ups or domiciliary care. Care homes and nursing homes are larger buildings that house a group of people with particular needs. Usually, everyone will suffer from the same impairment or illness. You may work with the elderly, with those with dementia, those with learning disabilities, those with mental health issues or those who are rehabilitating from addiction or severe injury. Carer jobs within homes mostly entail daily routine support as a support worker.
Supported living or sheltered accommodation is a little different. It may be used by individuals with any of the above health issues but it is more independent and geared towards those who are a little more capable. Work within supported living is very much emphasised towards the ‘support’ side of things; this environment is designed to help people become as independent as possible by encouraging them to do as much for themselves as possible.
Domiciliary care is different again; carer jobs in this environment will mainly be with the elderly and those with physical or mental impairments. This kind of work is becoming increasingly popular as it allows the service user to stay living in their own home where they feel most comfortable. Carer vacancies in this role will almost certainly want you to have your own transport so that you can quickly and easily visit a variety of service users.
Preparing yourself for your preferred carer job will depend on precisely what you are looking for. If you want to get a base-level support worker job, you won’t need any special qualifications. In fact, you probably won’t need many qualifications at all. Carer jobs are more about the kind of person you are. Extra qualifications and experience will never hurt and certainly will make you better at your job but they aren’t always necessary. If you do want to study or get experience, voluntary work is a good start, as is checking out the NVQs available at your local college. However, workplaces will often pay for you to train on a work-based NVQ course so it’s worth checking with them first.
If you know what carer job you’re looking for , then scroll up now and have a look at our listings. You can search by location, sector or specialisation which makes it simple to find something right for you. Alternatively, if you are still mulling over your choice, have a look now anyway to see what’s out there – you never know where inspiration will strike!
If you are looking to undertake a level of job that requires some studying, you will probably need to qualify first. You might be interested in managerial level work (in which case, you will need experience as well as an NVQ4) or you might want to work in health care provision. Work like nursing, occupational health, physiotherapy or any of the other health therapies (like dialysis) will definitely require higher education study. For managerial work, you may be able to work your way up and have your workplace support your studies; for health care roles, you will need to attend college or university first.