Why does working in the care sector suit you?

I have had a very varied working life from personnel and staffing through retail and tourism to construction.  All of these areas have involved dealing with people in one way or another, and to be effective it is necessary to form relationships which work, sometimes on several different levels.

I have always been able to form such relationships and to maintain them to the benefit of all concerned.  I suppose it really comes down to meeting people where they are and not trying to fit them into some preconceived pattern.  By doing this you respect them for who they are, accord them their dignity and ultimately enable yourself to fully meet their needs as a carer.

In the past I have worked as a volunteer in care settings, and have first-hand experience of being a care giver within my own family.  This has given me the opportunity to put some of this experience to work to help others.

Why are you proud to work in care?

Working in care carries its’ own reward.  You are helping people to stay in their own homes, in their own communities and in touch with their families.  By giving care in the way we do we are effectively saying to the people we support that we value them. 

We value their lives, their hopes and aspirations in the situation in which they now find themselves, and that we will do all that we can to help them to realise these goals.  Such aspirations may be quite mundane or they may be lofty and ambitious and ultimately unattainable but I feel we owe it to each other to at least try.

When we support a person it is rare that that person is the only one that we support.  They may be the name on the care plan but there will usually be family members whose burdens are made a bit lighter by our input.  I have been, and am currently, the recipient of such indirect assistance and it is greatly valued.  This is also something to be proud of.

Why would you recommend a career in the care sector to others?

Working in the care sector, personally, gives me a sense of fulfilment.  There is no better feeling, providing you approach it in the correct way and for the right reasons, than being able to help another person who for whatever reason is unable to help themselves in some respect. 

Yes I know we are paid, but my wages have never crossed my mind when supporting someone.  It just isn’t on my radar.  I served on the Children’s Hearings for twelve years without pay and the satisfaction for a task well completed is exactly the same.  I suppose it goes to the heart of who you are and your reasons for doing this kind of work.

During my working life I have often received praise and thanks for a job well done, or for going the extra mile, but none of that compares to the feeling that you get when you have done the best you can do in a care setting and the person you are supporting lets you know that they appreciate what you have just done for them. And it doesn’t matter if that is an effusive  ...” thank you very much.”, or a short grunt and the absence of a scolding, you will feel it the same.

I believe that there is a carer in all of us to some extent. 

If you are a mother or a father, a brother or a sister, or just a very good friend, you will at some time have had the care of someone who for whatever reason has depended on you. If that is the case then at some time in your life you were, and perhaps still are, a carer. 

I thoroughly recommend it.

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