The care industry has drastically changed over the years and now provides many people with a fulfilling career they love. Despite this, there are still outdated misconceptions surrounding working in care.
Here, we bust some of the most common myths about working in care.
With most care centres providing 24-hour care, many people believe that carers must work unsociable hours. In reality, a career in care is hugely flexible and often allows you to choose a work schedule that suits your life.
Many care centres recruit for both full-time and part-time positions, allowing you to fit your work around family obligations, school hours, or other part-time work.
You need experience
No experience is needed to join the care sector. If you’re embarking upon your career or switching direction, you’ll be taught everything you need to know.
Often, new care workers are surprised by the relevant skills they already have – for example, patience, consideration and empathy are often learned through life experiences like having children.
Zero-hour contracts only
In today’s current economic climate, most people are concerned about job security. It’s often believed that working in care means you can only be employed through a zero-hour contract, which doesn’t allow for the same level of security as a contracted role.
Although there are still zero-hour contracts available within the care industry, permanent contracts are now becoming the preferred employment choice. Due to the care industry being so vast, there is now a wide range of different contracts available, so you are bound to find a care provider that suits you and your needs.
No career progression
There are plenty of opportunities for career progression in the care sector. Many care providers will supply training and qualification opportunities for their staff and will provide opportunity for ongoing professional development within their company.
Often, companies will fully fund their staff through Health and Social Care Diplomas, allowing them to progress their care to a more senior role, such as Care Supervisor, Care Coordinator or even Registered Manager.
People of all genders can become (and are!) care workers. Women are archaically seen as more caring, empathetic and nurturing, but this stereotype is hugely outdated.
It doesn’t matter what your gender is, as long as you have the passion and drive to start a career in care. There is no discrimination when it comes to joining the care sector.
Only personal care
Although personal care is a core part of care, there are a myriad of other roles that do not involve personal care. Just a few of these include food prep, managing schedules or activities, domestic, admin and financial.
Whatever your specific set of skills is, there’s a perfect role waiting for you in care.
Thinking of a career in care? Start your journey here.