Mythbuster about Working as a Carer

There are around 1.6 million* of us working in Adult Social Care in England which is a huge number. What are all these people doing? Is it what you think?

Common perceptions:

  1. Care is a dead end job with no prospects
  2. Care jobs are minimum wage jobs
  3. Care jobs are low skill and anyone can do them
  4. Care jobs are all about wiping bottoms and cleaning up after people

We are going to have a look at each of these perceptions and bust them one at a time!

1. Care is a Dead End Job with no Prospects

There are a huge variety of jobs in the care sector, both working directly with clients and also working in an office. There are qualifications to be gained, either through traditional classroom based learning or through learning while you work. Many of our team are studying for their RQF qualifications.

The care job market is going to keep growing, so if you want a job that is pretty safe from redundancy then the care sector is about the safest place to look. According to Skills for Care the sector will need an additional 900,000 people working in it by 2035!*

Busted: Care is a vibrant and growing sector with many development opportunities and career paths.

2. Care Jobs are Minimum Wage Jobs

This perhaps used to be the case, however nowadays people working in care receive better pay and benefits. Here at Right at Home our basic hourly rate during the week starts at £10 and goes up from there when you gain qualifications or work at the weekend etc. We offer guaranteed hour contracts and bonuses linked to performance.  

Busted: Care work pays a good wage and due to the competition for staff, the good care companies are all ensuring they treat their teams well.

3. Care Jobs are Low Skill and Anyone Can do It

I flat out disagree with this statement. We have an amazing team of caregivers. I delight in the diversity within the team; we have some very different people however they do all have some common traits. They all care, they can all relate well to other people, they all enjoy making a difference and therefore they enjoy what they do.

To be a good caregiver takes a mix of some natural attributes, most importantly being able to relate well to others and some learnt skills and experience, through on the job care training and classroom based learning. It takes someone special to make a great caregiver!

Busted: Not everyone has the natural attributes to make a great carer and it can take years to gain all the skills and knowledge to be a real expert.

4. Care Jobs are all About Wiping Bottoms and Cleaning up after People

If you are looking for a job with a huge amount of variety then working in care (particularly home care) is a great option. Yes, we do help clients with their personal care if they need it but the emphasis is on supporting them to stay independent. We also support clients with all sorts of things from taking their dog out for a walk, enjoying a lunch out in Farnham, learning to swim through to taking them on long distance trips.

Every day is different and the thing the team enjoy most is building up relationships with some of the amazing people we support. It is so rewarding to learn what some of clients have been through and achieved in their lives.

Busted: Care Jobs can be very varied and allow people to enjoy all sorts of different experiences while making a difference to others.

So, as you can see working in care is not necessarily what you think. I have focussed mainly on talking about working in home care and particularly here at Right at Home as that is what I know. However there are a huge variety of other roles out there, from hospitals to residential care homes. If you are interested in working in care then do get in touch – we are always on the lookout for great people!

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* Statistics taken from Skills for Care – “The state of the adult social care sector and workforce in England” report – September 2018.

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