Why Choose a Career in Social Care?

Social Care Courses


Why Choose a Career in Social Care?

Social care offers jobs, which suit many people at different stages of their lives. Workers are employed in a range of services working with adults, older people and children and families. Depending on your role, no two days are likely to be the same. You can gain an enormous sense of personal achievement from knowing that your job is helping people and contributing to a caring society. Many jobs offer flexible hours or you can choose to work part time as well as have a full time career. Additional careers information can be found on the following websites:


If you want a career that offers:

  • Job satisfaction
  • Good long term employment prospects
  • Good training leading to qualifications
  • The chance to make a difference to peoples lives
  • Work in an environment to suit your preference
  • A job where every day is different
  • Flexibility to fit round family or other commitment

Then social care is for you.


What types of jobs are there? You can work with people in:

  • Their own homes (Domiciliary Care or Home Care)
  • The community
  • Residential and nursing homes
  • Day care
  • Supported housing
  • Homeless Hostels
  • Other settings such as hospices, rehabilitation centres


Typical job titles include:

  • Personal assistant
  • Care worker
  • Support worker
  • Key worker
  • Social worker
  • Care manager
  • Trainer
  • Administrator
  • Homeless support worker
  • Drugs and Alcohol Support Worker
  • Mental Health Care Assistant

But there are many others.


Where could I work?

Private organisations

This is a business that provides care services. These include all for profit and non-profit organisations. All privately owned care homes are included in this group.


Voluntary organisations

These organisations (or charities) range from those with many thousands of employees and volunteers, which everybody will have heard of, to self-help groups with only a few workers. Terms and conditions of employment may not be the most generous, although job satisfaction levels are high.



Personal care that involves the carer going into the individuals homes and working with them to ensure that they are well cared for in terms of mobility, personal care, food preparation, nutrition and/or medication. Personal assistants are often employed directly by the individual who needs care in their own homes.


The local council Local government is a major service provider in the public sector. Local councils either provide care services directly to the public or arrange for others to do so. Workers in the public sector benefit from a well defined salary/pay structure and good opportunities for career progression.


Who uses care services?

Social care services support people across the adult age range for a huge variety of reasons, and as the work is person-centered each instance should be tailored accordingly. The main categories of reasons for social care being needed are infirm old age and/or any form of disability that affects a persons ability to enjoy an ordinary life, whether in their own home or with attendance at a day Centre or in a residential setting. This includes people with dementia or other often age-related conditions, as well as those with one or more of physical disabilities, learning difficulties including autistic-spectrum disorders, mental ill-health of varying severities, and a wide range of long term medical conditions. People who use social care services may therefore very often also be using health and/or housing services, and will want those to join up effectively with their social care. For many people, social care services support the care they receive from a relative or friend who is their main carer. Some people who use social care are finding that the best way to tailor their care to their own needs is to directly employ their own care workers, as shown below.

Qualifications pathway

  • Degree in Social Work, Degree in Nursing, Degree in Mental Health Nursing etc.
  • NVQ (QCF Diploma) Level 5 Health and Social Care (Equivalent to 2 years of university or a Foundation Degree
  • NVQ (QCF Diploma) Level 3 Health and Social Care (Equivalent to 2 A Levels or an Access Course)
  • NVQ (QCF Diploma) Level 2 Health and Social Care (Minimum qualification to work in Health and Social Care)
  • Preparing to Work in Health and Social Care Level 2 (Entry Level qualification into Health and Social Care


They always ask for Work Experience what should I do?

You can get work experience via voluntary organisations. There are many helplines who could do with help in the Social Care Sector, or what about a soup kitchen for a homeless charity or volunteering in a hospital. All these help you get into work at the end of your course.


Where are the jobs?

Register with an agency like Plan Personnel or London care, Amity Care UK, Check with your local Jobcentre, Call into the homes directly and collect an application form, volunteer first, check internet sites like reed.co.uk, Your Flexlearn Tutor will always pass on jobs information to you as they come in. For more information on Care Courses, visit www.flexlearn.co.uk