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Jobs in health and social care

Choose a job in health and social care and make a real difference to someone’s life. Wherever you live, there are people in your community who need help and support and it could be you improving the quality of their lives.

It’s not absolutely necessary to have any formal qualifications to get an entry level job in health and social care. What’s really important is that you’re the kind of person who is committed enough to work with people in care homes, hospitals, in the community or in their own homes – people who will rely on your care and support to make their lives easier, and as enjoyable and fulfilling as possible. If you think a job in health and social care might be right for you, you could make a start right now and try volunteering at your local hospital or care home or go to the government’s website on careers in health and social care.

Here are some straightforward answers to FAQs about jobs and careers in the care sector:

What type of person do I need to be?

Your values, attitude and how you treat people who need care and support is really important. In a health and social care job you’ll be working directly with all sorts of people, with different needs and you may be directly responsible for their wellbeing, including their personal care.

What qualifications would I need?

Most of the current qualifications for working in health and social care are taken when you are already working in your role, as you will have to demonstrate your knowledge and competence on a regular basis.

Could I do an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is one of the best ways to get into the health and social care sector. You’ll work alongside experienced staff and learn the skills and knowledge you’ll need to be a skilled and confident worker.

How can I start work in the sector?

There are different things you can do to help you find work in the health and social care sector such as; writing to your local care providers, speaking to a careers adviser at a Jobcentre Plus or looking at the government’s apprenticeship route into health and social care. Activities such as volunteering can also help to get you some experience before you start working in health and social care.

Who would I work for?

You could be working in a care home, out in your local community, in a hospital or from someone’s home – providing care from someone’s home is called domiciliary care. It all depends on what job you want to do in the health and social care sector

Who would I be working with?

In health and social care you can work with a wide range of different people with different care needs. For example, you could work with a 20 year old man with a learning disability or a 90 year old woman with dementia.

Go to Moving On’s dedicated Health and Social Care page for even more info on jobs and careers in this sector. Work in the care sector is set to grow over the next few years – visit our careerometer to find out about expected jobs and salaries in health and social care.

About Lynette Daly

Lynette is the publishing editor of Moving On magazine. Moving On is devoted to helping young people make good choices for their future – education, qualifications and careers. Moving On really wants to motivate you! Our articles cover a range of topics to inspire and give ideas. Our magazines are delivered free to all schools, colleges and sixth forms in England and is also available online.

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