A career in care is one of the most rewarding roles you can have; helping people of all ages to live as independently as possible, ensuring their wellbeing and becoming part of the service that they rely on. Full of empathy and compassion, carers are the backbone of our society and are able to deal with situations that many people will never otherwise encounter.

From supporting young people with learning disabilities through to helping an older person living with dementia, there are many different roles and areas within care that you can have an impact on.

One of the best parts is that you don’t need a bunch of qualifications or previous work experience in order to make a start, as full training will be provided once you start on the job, and you’ll be supported at every step. The most important aspect to working in care is your attitude and kindness towards the people who need your help.

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When you start your role in care you’ll begin with an induction and basic training, so you’re prepared with the necessary skills for your role. There will be lots of opportunities to ask questions and get the support you need throughout your training, so you’ll never be left feeling as though you’re not 100% sure about what you’re doing.

You will also complete the care certificate, safeguarding adults, food safety, manual handling and specialised training depending on your role such as learning more about dementia. There are great opportunities to learn on the job, building your experience and allowing you to earn while you learn as you take on the next step in your career.

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If you have ambitions to develop your career even further, perhaps you’re working towards having a registered profession such as nursing, occupational therapy or physiotherapy, then working in social care could be exactly what you need. Not only will you gain valuable on-the-job experience, you’ll also gain more of an insight into the everyday lives of your patients which can help you to better serve them in the future.

We are Proud to Care; will you transform someone’s life by becoming a carer? For more information on the available roles, or to learn more about this profession, simply head over to the website: www.proudtocarecumbria.org.uk/careers.asp