You’re amazing. We really mean that.
Every little thing you do – every temperature you take, every bed you make, every time you smile at someone – is important. The care you provide makes life better for everyone around you.
We wrote this list of reasons why care is the best career in honour of you. Thanks for making the world a brighter place 💜
1. Caring feels wonderful
First of all, it feels great to care. Knowing the work you do makes a difference is heartwarming all by itself. Every day, you help people live more comfortable and fulfilling lives – and what could be better than that?
2. Job security
From nursing to support and rehabilitation, people will always need care. So if you work in health and social care, you’ll always have job security – even when the economy isn’t doing very well.
3. You love your work
Nearly all carers love what they do – in fact, 80% of care professionals who responded to a recent survey said they felt happy and satisfied working in care. So, if you look forward to your shifts, you’re definitely not alone!
4. Loads of new things to learn
There’s so much to learn in a health and social care setting. The hands-on experience is invaluable, and training opportunities abound. Some providers, like Florence Academy, even let you learn online with 70+ courses available (like First Aid).
5. No two days are the same
Health and social care work is anything but predictable. On any given day – and depending on your role – you might be a shoulder to cry on, a cheerleader, a first responder, a cook, a wardrobe assistant, an interpreter and a valued confidante. Caring is an incredibly practical career, so you’ll always feel useful – and never, ever bored.
6. There’s room for everyone
There’s a role for everyone in the health and social care industry. You don’t have to have any formal qualifications to become a healthcare assistant, for instance – just plenty of enthusiasm and compassion. In turn, you can use your experience to progress from one to another (and we’ll talk more about that below).
7. Celebrations galore
Like cake? In that case, you’re in the right career. Birthdays, holidays and other events add up to a lot of yummy food – and the more residents or patients in a care setting, the more reasons to celebrate. Yum!
8. You build lasting relationships
Friendship makes the world go round, and as a health and social care professional, you’re likely to develop strong bonds with patients, residents and colleagues. Most people consider this a huge perk of the job: who doesn’t want to hang out with friends all day (or night) long?
9. The sky’s the limit
Many people work as care assistants, nurses or support workers for years because they’re content and love what they do. Others decide to pursue additional qualifications or go into different health and social care professions. Whatever you choose to do, the sky’s the limit.
10. So many interesting stories
People’s life stories are fascinating – and you’ll hear many of them while working in the health and social care sector. You’ll probably get some great advice and pick up thought-provoking pearls of wisdom along the way, so keep reminiscing.
11. Greater understanding
Care work can help you gain a deeper understanding of yourself and others. If you have preconceived notions about specific groups of people when you begin working in the health and social care industry, they’ll soon vanish. In turn, you’ll reflect and learn more about yourself.
12. You’re part of a team
As a health and social care professional, you play a vital role in a large team. You work closely with care assistants, nurses, supervisors, consultants and doctors to give patients and residents the dignified care they deserve. Without you, things wouldn’t flow as smoothly.
13. You provide peace of mind
Every day, you create a nurturing environment for the people you work with. You provide essential medical support and make sure they’re eating properly, sleeping soundly and taking medication on schedule. Family members can rest assured their loved ones are in good hands.
14. There are lots of perks
We’ve mentioned job security, hands-on training and cake, but there are other benefits to working in the health and social care sector. Platforms like Discounts for Carers and Blue Light Card, for instance, can help you save money on everyday expenses and treats.
15. You make people’s lives better
Believe it or not, you are the highlight of the day for many of the patients and residents you work with. You help people stay positive – even in tough situations – and feel as well as possible. What could be more rewarding than that?
Florence can help you find flexible shifts near you, take essential training courses and improve your work-life balance. Find out more and sign up today.
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