It can be hard to know where to start when deciding on a new career, and daunting to know what qualifications you may need and how to apply. Jess Blythe, chief of staff at the care home provider Danforth Care shares her top tips for those considering a career in care.
What type of person suits a career in care?
A person working in care needs to be patient, attentive and kind-hearted. It is a rewarding role, however, it can be demanding and requires dedication and passion to providing the best care for the vulnerable people being looked after. Care roles suit empathetic and proactive people who are positive and motivated.
“In order to work in care with older people, you have to be extremely respectful and encouraging,” says Jess.
“A career in the care industry is about delivering care with dignity, treating the residents fairly and empowering them to make their own choices. If you’re a great team player and are passionate about delivering care to ensure residents feel meaningful, comfortable and safe, you’ll fit right in.”
What qualifications do I need for a career in care?
There are no legally required qualifications for working in a care home, however, there are industry recognised qualifications which will help you with the role, and help you get hired.
One of the qualifications which may help get you hired is the Care Certificate qualification. The certificate comprises of 15 standards, which acts as an induction to working in care. This qualification can be done online, and costs £49.99.
The NVQ is another qualification which may help you when looking to get a job in the care industry, and there are seven levels in care. You can complete an NVQ at school, university or whilst you are working. Some workplaces support their staff to complete care qualifications if desired, such as Danforth.
“We offer a variety of NVQ qualifications for all our team members, as well as a fully funded enhanced DBS check” says Jess. “You will be inducted into the organisation thoroughly and receive in-depth training. You can work at Danforth on a competitive salary and still progress your care career.”
How do I apply for a job in care?
To get started in the industry, look for entry level care roles by searching online. For lots of roles, you’ll need experience working with older people or others who need care, and you may need other skills such as communication and IT skills. You can demonstrate these skills and experiences in a C.V. and cover letter, as well as discussing them if you get an interview for the job.
“Look for care facilities which are not only making the homes great places for the residents to live, but also amazing places for their team members to work,” advises Jess. “The staff are the beating heart of any residential care home, and you will quickly become part of the care home family.”