Written by Solomon Kumuyi, Home Care Services Manager One Community
The aspiration of almost every young person is to choose a progressive career path in life and to move as high as possible.
As a young man, I started my career as a chemist, then I moved into customer relations and then to IT. During my post-university time of serving the Nation in Nigeria, I was privileged to lead a charity organization that supported the less privilege in the society – the motherless babies, inmates in the prisons, and disabled children. Putting smile on their faces. The vision to improve my skills in the world of IT and business brought me to UK and during my studies I worked as a part time Healthcare Support Worker, assisting the elderly, young, and disabled people in the community.
After my studies, I worked for few years in the digital world but still the passion to have a positive impact on the lives of the elderly and disable was growing in me. This thirst for more was spotted by my employer and I was offered the opportunity to improve my skills in a Health and Social Care setting by starting my NVQ 2, followed by 3, 4, and 5. Today I am in the position of managing home care services for a well-known local charity, leading a team of passionate individuals, giving our clients a gold standard of care.
According to UKHCA (United Kingdom Home Care Association Ltd) 5.2% of the UK workforce are in a domiciliary care role and less than 5% of them have discovered the prospects of a fulfilling and long career in the sector. According to the survey 56% work to pay their bills; 14.6% work in the sector as no other job is available; 8.4% are doing it as a retirement position; and 16.5% feel forced into it by Government to allow them to continue to access vital benefits.
Why care is a good career choice:
- Flexible working hours
- Job satisfaction – helping others selflessly is one of mankind’s greatest attributes
- Companionship – opportunity to stop and listen to the people in your care and give them the time and attention they so often desperately wish for
- Regular training – practical skills backed up by progressive qualification and achievement can turn a job as a carer into a progressive career
- Feedback from clients – the genuiness of an older person’s smile, a few grateful words or perhaps a personal card on a birthday or Christmas knowing you have made a huge different in their lives
The various roles in the sector:
Many people are unaware of the wide range of rewarding roles within the Health and Social care sector and the positive impact they have on the lives of others. Some of the roles are:
- Care Worker – care assistant, support worker, senior care/support worker
- Community, Support and Outreach – community support worker, Domiciliary care assistant, Rehab worker
- Activities worker/Co-ordinator – Administrative/office staff
- Management and Leadership – Supervisor, team leader, team manager, co-ordinator, Manager, Registered Manager
There are endless opportunities for progression in the Health and Social Care Sector due to wide range of rewarding roles available. The sky I can say is your beginning, not your limit. You are the only one that can place a limit on yourself as to how far you wish to progress in your career.
Through the Department for Education, the Government has provide fund for people in the health and social care sector to learn more skills to enhance their performance and being able to support the client better. There will always be a need for health and social care workers due to the growing ageing population in the UK. The Health and Social Care workforce is the backbone of our nation, supporting us, teaching us and caring for us from the cradle to the grave that is why is a fulfilling career pathway.
I am very lucky to be among the less than 5% that found a career path in health and social care setting. You can join me on this journey, no matter where you are in life; if you are already working in the sector or contemplating a change of career. Change is the only constant thing in life, at One Community, we have a number of people like me that have accidentally found a career path in Health and Social Care setting, and couldn’t be happier!
The same opportunity is open to you as well. If you would like to know more about how One Community can support you to build a career path in Health and Social Care setting kindly contact us by calling 023 8090 2407, or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org.