“But I’ve got no experience……”
Transferring your skills into a care role may be easier than you think.
Now that the Government has given the green-light for furloughed workers to move into other roles without being penalised, this is a great time to not only move into a worthwhile role in care. This will not only support the national effort against Covid-19, but enable you to gain some valuable experience which could lead to a fulfilling career.
Perhaps you’re a (soon to be) school leaver, who has suddenly found yourself leaving school a little earlier than planned. With only 10% of the care workforce under the age of 24, now is a great time to explore the fantastic career options open to you.
There are not that many industries that you can go into with absolutely no experience and work your way all the way to the top, but in care you can, so having no experience in the industry should not put you off.
So how can your skills be transferred?
Perhaps you’ve worked in retail, hospitality or in the airline industry? Your customer service skills are going to be second to none and these are vital in care. Your listening skills, natural warmth and ability to empathise with people, as well as your passion to solve any issues that arise will help you to succeed.
Maybe you’ve got experience in the leisure industry? There are lots of roles within care where the skills you’ve picked up there can be utilised, for example supporting people with their social and physical activities – whether that’s sporting or trips to the cinema, or encouraging the people you support to get involved in group activities.
Perhaps you’re a hairdresser or have been training to join the beauty industry. The ability to have (sometimes repeated!) one-on-one conversations, really listening and showing an interest in someone is key to being a good care worker.
It could be that you’ve worked in a prison or had a role where you’ve had to follow instructions and processes / procedures to the letter. Maybe you’ve worked in an office where record keeping and attention to detail has been key. Well in care, there are of course guidelines to follow and individual care plans need to be recorded correctly, so skills here are vital.
There is often flexibility in the hours available and the type of care role you can go into, so whether your previous roles have required you to remain calm under pressure or deal with emergency situations, there will be a role just for – and you can really make a difference in an industry that needs people like you, so what better time to explore what’s on offer.
Right now, the care sector needs you more than ever. Transfering your skills into a care role and developing your career in care is a great step to take.