What sort of person do I need to be?
It often doesn’t matter about your background or how old you are, if you want to help people there’s a social care job for you.
What’s really important is your values.
What skills do I need?
You might also need a certain set of skills for particular roles, as well as core skills of English, number, digital and employability skills such as problem solving and team work.
What values do I need to work in social care?
This document tells you a bit more about what type of person you need to be and there are short activities to help you think about whether social care is right for you.
There are some qualifications you might want to do to get a taster of what it’s like to work in social care:
- Level 1 Award in Preparing to work in the care sector
- Level 2 or 3 Certificate in Preparing to work in the care sector.
Here you will find real life stories and examples of what it is like to work in social care.
Transferable Skills: Activities Coordinator – Katie
Shared Lives Carer
There’s no place like home
Why wouldn’t you? (Work in Care)
|Every Day is Different|
|Skills for Care|
|A Question of Care – tool to see if working in care is for you|
|National Careers Service|
|Career pathway: social workers in adult social care|