Proud to Care North Lincolnshire is encouraging people to consider a career in care and help local residents live well this spring.
Care work is the perfect profession for those looking for a career that has long-term job security, is rewarding, and can make a difference to people’s lives.
While it is often assumed that care work involves supporting the elderly, in North Lincolnshire care workers are needed to lend a helping hand to keep people of all ages, to support them to be as independent as possible, and remain safe and well.
Working with young people with care and support needs can have a transformative impact on their life, while providing a richly rewarding experience to the care worker.
Gemma has supported young adults on the autistic spectrum across North Lincolnshire for eight years and provided an insight into her role and the lasting impact it has had on her.
“I work with people on the autistic spectrum aged 18 and upwards, as they are coming the end of their time at school and making the transition to adulthood. This can be an unsettling time for both the young person and their families and as a carer it is part of my job to make this transition as smooth as possible.
“Sometimes a younger person needing care can find it easier to work with someone who is nearer to their own age as they can find they have much in common, such as a similar taste in films and an understanding of current popular culture.
“At the same time, working with a young person’s family is just as important as the work you do directly with the service user. The family need to feel they can trust you to look after their loved one.”
The role has brought huge job satisfaction, as Gemma explains:
“I really enjoy working with younger service users and seeing how the work I do with them is helping them become more independent. Seeing the look of amazement on a parent’s face when they see their son or daughter make them a cup of tea for the first time is priceless.”
While care work can present the start of a fulfilling long-term career with opportunities to progress, it can also provide a springboard to those seeking to gain valuable experience before embarking on other health related career paths.
Nursing and medicine as well as more specialised fields such as speech and language therapy and behavioural psychology are all professions that care workers have joined.
The new Proud to Care North Lincolnshire website makes it easy to apply for local care jobs and access advice on starting or progressing your career in adult social care.
The varied job opportunities available include care managers and maintenance technicians to activity coordinators, domestic assistants and senior care workers.
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