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Different Roads Into A Career In Care

If you’ve decided that a career in care is the right step for you, and you want to get started right away, then it’s important to think about how, exactly, you do that. Depending on the skills and experience that you already have, there are a few different routes in the career that are well worth considering. We’re going to look at a few of them here.

Different Roads Into A Career In Care

Find a care secretary-routeway

There are programs that offer specific training opportunities for people who want to work in care but are currently unemployed. These are typically available at your local JobCentre Plus offices, but the availability can depend on where you are based. Take the time to visit the office and ask if they have any programs to help those who are willing to find a career in care.

Educate yourself

Getting formal training or education at a school, online course, or training organisation is often one of the most effective ways to ensure that you’re ready-built for the career that you want. Fresh graduates tend to be a tempting prospect for care employers, as they come pre-prepared with the skills that they need and a proven dedication to the work already demonstrated through the years or months it took them to get the qualifications they have.

Find a job

While formal training can help a lot, and indeed, might help you jump a few steps in the career ladder more quickly than otherwise, a lot of times, employers are very willing to train their care professionals on the job. Sites like Social Care People can help you find all sorts of positions, including those entry-level positions. However, the more time you put into the career, the more responsibility you’re going to be given, so don’t expect to be able to jump ahead too far without any previous training or experience.

Become an apprentice

Another route can be to find a mentor or employer who is willing to take you on as an apprentice. These programs typically last around a year or two years, depending on the nature of work, with more specialized roles taking more time. Not all apprenticeships come with a guaranteed or provisional job offering at the end of the program, but some do. Either way, they can help prepare you for job applications a lot more effectively.


If you feel a strong need to provide care and to help those who require it, but you don’t yet feel ready to jump into a paid role, then volunteering with organisations like Carers Network can be a solid first step. Not only can you get more comfortable and confident in providing care, but you’re likely to build professional links that can help you later find a job, as well.

The care industry is almost always looking for new people, as the more people who require care now than ever, and it’s an industry that people enter and leave all the time, due to the demands on the job. As such, finding the right path shouldn’t be that difficult.

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