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This month, Jobcentre Goole talks to our readers about getting started in a career in adult social care and all the helpful tools and information you need.

Working in adult social care is not just an emotionally rewarding role, it’s one of the most varied too. Working with a range of people with different care needs means every day is different to the next.

What’s more, adult social care is one of the few sectors where jobs are increasing, offering significant numbers of long-term career opportunities. The sector needs at least another half a million jobs, and people to do them, by 2030.

You don’t need previous experience or qualifications to get started. If you’re passionate about helping others, you’ve already got the qualities it takes and there’s training for everything else.

So, if you are looking for a job to be proud of, now could be the perfect time to start your career in adult social care.

With thousands of jobs available nationwide, there are lots of great reasons to become an adult social care worker right now, including:

• the opportunity to make a difference to people’s lives
• long-term employment prospects and opportunities
• flexible hours to fit around your other commitments
• ongoing career progression and training

There are lots of different job roles in social care; it just depends what you’re interested in, who you want to work with and where you want to work. You can work in a variety of settings, including in a residential care home, in someone else’s home or even your own home, supporting people as a Shared Lives carer. Anyone at any stage of life could need care and support while living at home and in their community. This includes people with learning disabilities, mental health conditions, sensory impairment or physical disabilities and older people.

Residential care can often involve working with people with health conditions such as dementia and other complex needs that make it difficult for them to live independently in their own home.

To find out more visit www.everydayisdifferent.com or www.healthcareers.nhs.uk

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