Getting into Social Care

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Starting a career

There are lots of different ways to start a career in adult social care.

You do not necessarily need any specific qualifications or any previous work experience to get a job in social care.  It doesn’t matter what your background is, how old you are or your gender as somewhere in your community there could be a role for you to support others.

What really matters in social care are your values and attitude towards helping people who need care and support.

Where do I start?

There are a number of things you can do to find a role working in adult social care including:

  • researching different job roles within social care to find out what role might interest you
  • visiting your local Jobcentre Plus to ask about opportunities in social care
  • writing to or emailing local social care providers such as residential homes or day centres in your area to ask about vacancies they may have
  • searching online for possible vacancies in social care within your local area
  • exploring apprenticeship opportunities in social care
  • speaking to a careers advisors at your school, college or Jobcentre Plus
  • undertaking volunteering work in adult social care