Once you have been working in the care environment and have gained experience you may now want to take your career to the next level. You can progress from a carer or support worker to a senior carer or support worker, which would give you further training opportunities and responsibility. You may want to move from a frontline position to an operational one such as HR, compliance, recruitment or a care co-ordinator. You can also look at working towards a qualified position such as becoming a nurse or a social worker by going back into full time education.
How you develop your career to the next level is up to you and what you are passionate about, but the possibilities are endless. You could consider setting up your own care agency or you may want to mentor others or try a graduate opportunity. Alternatively, talk to your employer about becoming an iCare Ambassador or visit the Skills for Care website for more information.
Visit the Skills for Care website for information about roles and career opportunities, as well as, graduate opportunities.
A social worker supports individuals, families, groups and communities in an effort to enhance social functioning and overall wellbeing. The role is centered around people, from babies to older people and their work can be from a protection one to a support one.
Social worker roles can be with a local authorities but also with various charities that are set up to support children or vulnerable adults, schools and even hospitals. They can advocate on behalf of an individual or sometimes they may be required to take tough decisions that can affect the lives of others.
To become a social worker you will have to study a honours degree and some courses may require you to undertake a workplace placement. There are various options you can study full time, part time or choose a modular option via Open University, you can also visit your local university for options.
To get on the course, having experience and qualification in Care, will hold you in good stead, however do get in touch with your local education provider to discuss your options.
Working as a care manager is a responsible job and takes leadership qualities. Your role will be to keep Care provision running smoothly, ensuring clients receive the best possible care whilst also leading a team of individuals. The role is very broad and not only involves care but also ensuring legal requirements are in place and met on a daily basis.
As a Care Manager, you could work in a variety of settings from elderly care homes or nursing homes, for those with learning disabilities, supported care, children's homes, care agencies, or for those with life-limiting or terminal illness hospice care.
To become a manager you can study various management qualifications, such as Registered Management Award. Speak to your local college or university to find out your options.
Once you have qualified in Care, you can become a social care assessor or trainer.
As a trainer or assessor, you would support the training and development of staff in your own work place, you would assess competences in the workplace for trainees, or students. You can with this role also work for another social care employer and deliver training to all staff within the organisation; or could work for a training provider who delivers training to different social care employers. Your role will be to design and deliver learning and development sessions to improve the knowledge and skills of staff.
To become a trainer or assessor, you can complete the NVQ Award in Education and Training or an Assessor Award. You can speak to your local college to find out about courses and training available.
As a nurse, you will care for patients who are suffering from a variety of health conditions, ranging from minor injuries and ailments, to acute and long-term illnesses and diseases. You can work in a variety of settings from the NHS to specialist nursing care agencies and you can choose one of four nursing specialisms (adult, children, mental health, or learning disability) you'd like to study.
To become a nurse you will need to study a nursing qualification at degree level. To undertake a degree, you will usually need five GCSEs (A-C) including maths, English and science, plus at least two A levels with one in a science or health-related subject. Alternatively, a level 3 vocational course in science or health and social care may be accepted too, you will have to check with the university you wish to attend what they will accept.
- Wolverhampton University - nursing degree
Within the Council you will find lots of different job roles supporting people of all ages and their families. From a child or parent who may have a disability or mental health needs, through to older people who may have a range of complex care requirements.
These jobs may include working hands on as a re-ablement worker; as a cook preparing meals; as a technician developing equipment to support people to live independently at home; or as a social worker, family support worker or therapist assessing conditions and providing a package of care and support. But whatever role you do, you are working to improve the quality of a person’s life.
There are also opportunities for more senior roles which include managing services, leading teams and planning support.
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