Working in social care is about providing personal and practical support to help people live their lives. There are many different roles available such as supporting someone with a physical disability or mental health issue, such as dementia or autism. You could be working in a care home, in someone’s own home, out in your local community, or in a hospital.
With plenty of opportunities for progression and something for all levels of education and backgrounds a career in social care can be very fulfilling as you will make a significant difference to improving people’s lives.
Social care is all about helping people so the qualities you’ll need to succeed are having a caring, compassionate, patient nature, the ability to stay calm under pressure and being good at building relationships with service users, you’ll also need to be thick-skinned as you may find yourself in some challenging and emotional situations.
Whatever your age or background – if you want to help people then there’s a job in social care job for you!
What’s it really like to work in Social Care in North Lanarkshire? Some of our staff share their day-to-day experiences:
Lorna has been supported with her training and education from starting as a trainee social worker at the age of 16. She now thrives on being able to make a difference to improving the lives of families she works with.
Ciaran tells us what it’s like to be able to help people in his community who need support to achieve things they never thought possible