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Why work in adult social care?

Written by: Chloe Herrmann
Published on: 1 Sep 2022

Why work in adult social care? 

Working in adult social care is an extremely varied and rewarding career. You’ll get to work with a wide range of people providing personal and practical support to help people maintain their independence, dignity and make sure they have choice and control. 

To start your career in this sector you don’t necessarily need qualifications and specific prior experience, what is important is that you’re committed to making a difference to people’s lives. You’ll need to be caring, considerate, have dignity and respect for others and be committed to learning, reflection and providing quality care and support to others. 

Entry level roles include:

  • Care worker
  • Personal assistant 
  • Support Worker 
  • Activities Worker 

Why work in adult social care? 

  • Opportunities to make a difference to people’s lives 
  • Each day is different 
  • There are a huge variety of roles 
  • Flexible hours to fit around your commitments 
  • A job that matters & that you can be proud of 
  • Career progression opportunities
  • Opportunities for professional development
  • A growing sector, by 2025 there could be up to 2.4 million jobs in adult social care1 

Want to find out more? 

You can find out more about careers in Adult Social Care, and the roles that are currently available in our local councils, within the Adult Social Care Careers Hub on WMJobs

Also, Skills for Care & Department of Health & Social Care have developed some great resources on routeways into adult social care & also a quiz to see if adult social care might be the right career for you. Click here to be taken to their website to find out more.  

1Skills for Care, ‘Care Careers’