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Careers into Care

There are a huge range of opportunities available in care, suitable for a variety of personalities, personal preferences and situations. Below there is a snapshot of the kinds of work that may be available to you. Research the areas that catch your eye and you may find your perfect role.

The Careers into care puzzle


Can you make a difference?

Care is about building trust with the people you work with, encouraging them to cope with their personal circumstances, sometimes care can be a lot more than just care, it can be helping someone to fulfil their dreams. It starts with the small things you help people to do which makes a difference to how they feel. Can you make a difference?

It doesn’t matter who you are, young or old qualified or beginner, you can find a role that will suit you in care. Don’t forget there are a variety of support roles in care to from domestics to cooks to office support roles.

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The most important qualities a are usually within a care home, in the community or within their own home. You would have an important role supporting people with all aspects of their day to day living, including social and physical activities, personal care, mobility and meal times. Hours of work vary but you can do part time or full time across days or nights whether you prefer residential or community roles.

A physical disability is a limitation on a person’s physical function such as their mobility or stamina. Physical disability covers a wide variety of disorders which someone maybe born with such as blindness or Cerebral palsy or can be the result of an accident such as a head injury or stroke. Roles are across children’s, young adults and elderly services and can be full or part time across days or nights to suit.

Sometimes referred to as specific learning disorders, learning disabilities is a term used to cover a wide variety of neurological and sensory conditions. Roles are across children’s, young adults and elderly services and can be full or part time across days or nights to suit.

1 in 4 people will experience a mental health illness. Mental illness covers a wide variety of disorders which include Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar, depression, OCD and many more. Roles exist with organisations to help and support people with a mental illness including a number of charities and voluntary organisations. Careers span across children’s and adult services and are full or part time, qualifications are required for a number of roles however entry roles are advertised if you don’t have experience.

Children with complex needs will require support at specialist schools that in some cases provide boarding places, residential homes and also within the community supporting families and guardians. Roles can be full or part time across days or nights if you would prefer. Some companies will offer opportunities to people without any previous experience however a lot of roles require a specialist background or specific qualifications.


Supported living is when someone has their own accommodation, however they also require support from someone to live a full and normal life. As well a supporting people with their day to day lives including personal care and meals, a support worker may also assist with provide additional help such as advice about housing, life skills such as cooking or budgeting as well as providing emotional support and befriending. Roles can be full or part time and can be days or nights if you prefer. Nights can be waking or sleeping when you are on hand to support if necessary.

Elderly support can be within a care home for someone who needs a lot of support or assisted living where the needs are less. Care homes can be focused on residential, nursing or dementia care, the difference being the type of specialist care the home provides. Some care homes may also offer support with more than one specialist area. Residential homes also exist for Children or young adults who because of their complex needs cannot live independently or supported. Hours of work can be full or part time and as residential care is 24 hour you can work days or nights if you would prefer.

Elderly care in the community is sometimes referred to a domiciliary care. Support is within the persons own home and working times are usually around breakfast, lunch, tea and bedtime. You would have an important role supporting people with all aspects of their day to day living, including social and physical activities, personal care, mobility and meal times. You can also support people in the community with learning disabilities, mental health or complex needs, this role is usually called a support worker. As well as day to day living you may also provide additional help such as advice about housing, life skills such as cooking or budgeting as well as providing emotional support and befriending. Hours of work for each role varies but you can do full time or part time usually across the days and evenings however there are also night positions available.


If you want to work in one location then residential care is the right career for you. Residential companies will support all ages and all types of care, many are privately owned, however some are council owned or by a charity or non-profit organisation. Most companies will specialise in a type of care in one location but it is becoming more common to have homes that support people with a variety of conditions.

If you wish to work in a hospital setting there are many opportunities within the NHS to develop your career. For a full breakdown of opportunities and what experience all qualifications you require please visit NHS Health Careers. Here you will find all the information you need to apply for Bank or permanent positions.

An agency exists to support care establishments who require additional staff from time to time or on a more regular basis. Agencies supply children’s, young adult and elderly establishments with nurses, care and support workers. Working for agency is good for someone who needs a greater flexibility on working hours or days of work and you can usually fit your hours of work around other commitments you have. Agencies will offer day or night work so you can do either or both if you wish.

People can now receive direct payments and take control of this money to employ their own carers. This type of work is becoming more common and so are jobs advertised. The work involved can be varied depending on what care the person requires and time of the day support is required.


Sometimes referred to as a PA, with this role you can be working through a company or be employed directly by the person. PA’s work across all care from Children, young adults and the elderly. Hours of work vary based on what the person requires so it can be from an hour a day all the way up to full time.

There are many different careers and roles that doesn’t involve personal care but are vital to the services care companies offered. These roles range from administration, HR, compliance, payroll, care co-ordinators, activity co-ordinators and I.T. The majority of roles will be office based and Monday to Friday however some roles require weekend working and being on-call. Roles can be full or part time so you can have some flexibility to work around home life or other commitments. A number of companies will offer apprenticeships for a number of these roles so experience isn’t always necessary.

As the job title suggests a large part of this role is to support someone to be the best they can be. Support worker roles primarily support someone who has a physical or learning disability, mental health issues or has challenging behaviour. Support roles exist across children and adult services and can be in a residential property, specialist hospital or in the community.

If your role is working with the elderly your job title will most probably be that of Health Care Assistant or HCA for short. A HCA is focused on the health and wellbeing of a resident and will always involve an element of personal care whether you are working in a residential property or out in the community.


The most important qualities are an interest in people, to have empathy and respect. Employers will want to know if you care about people and want to make a difference, you are compassionate and understand about people’s needs. Clients requiring care will want to know that you will treat them with dignity and respect.
You will also need:

  • Good communication and listening skills
  • Able to work on your own initiative and prioritise your workload
  • And the ability to work as part of team
Other qualities include being able to work in a non-judgemental way, and abide confidentiality and the ability to write the care plans. Attached is Skills for Care - Skills Guide.

To find out if you have the right values and behaviours to work in Care, to work effectively with people who need care and support, check out the Skills for Care Values and Behaviours.

You can information on job descriptions and pay rates on the Prospect Careers, you can search for information by either job role or sector. The care sector is also known as social care, adult social care, children’s social care and health care.

There are a variety of shift patterns available to people who work in care, depending on the setting. In residential care, for example you could work a morning, afternoon or overnight shift to suit your home life and other commitments

There are over 130 establishments registered with the Care Quality Commission providing adult social care services in Wolverhampton and currently, there are over 500 live vacancies. So, there are plenty of opportunities in Wolverhampton. Ask your Wolves at Work Coach or Job Centre of the current opportunities, there are also apprenticeship and graduate opportunities too, visit the Skills for Care for graduate opportunities or the NHS website for careers.