If you happen to be people-oriented and are keen on helping others you might want to consider a career in social care. There is a wide range of jobs that let you work flexible hours depending on your convenience. Some people choose to take up part time work or volunteer in the local community before deciding on social care as their chosen career path.
Jobs in this field can be very fulfilling because you will be making a great difference in the lives of people by playing a variety of roles like a listener, problem-solver, and support giver to enable people to remain living within their own community. While social workers tend to work with people who use public care services, care workers tend towards personal care where they work with a few people or an individual, getting involved in their day-to-day routine.
Employment opportunities exist with a wide range of different employers such as local authorities, private care agencies, voluntary and charitable groups and so on. Most care agencies also offer a range of jobs to people without formal qualifications, where individuals can be employed as care workers, general support workers or even residential care workers.
While qualifications are not mandatory when social care workers get started, eventually they will need to acquire specific skills through further education. Fortunately, there is considerable support and encouragement at present for care staff to obtain qualifications through NVQs, with people being able to study to NVQ Levels 2 & 3 in both Care and Promoting Independence, which are both related to work with adults across all specialisms. An NVQ Level 3 in Residential Childcare and Foster Care is also now available.
One of the key advantages of undertaking an NVQ level qualification is the fact that it is nationally recognised, which means you become not only a skilled worker but perhaps more importantly you have an accreditation within an area that is expanding and growing all the time. Furthermore, should you need to move employment or go and work in another setting, the qualification you have obtained would demonstrate your ability and aid your application or promotion.