Careers in Health and Social Care
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Career planning is part of what you do when you're thinking
about a new career, or you'd like to progress in the career you are
You might be wanting to make a complete change, or just improve
where you are at the moment.
Planning needs time, as there are several things to consider.
When you are planning, you need to think about:
- what you can do already
- what you'd like to do next
- what else you need to learn
Careers in Social Care
Social care doesn't just mean working for your local council.
Social care is the umbrella term for all services that can support
people to live independently as part of the community. Working in
social care is challenging and rewarding. The social care sector
needs people who are passionate about working with people.
Organisations to work for can include local social services as
well as voluntary and independent sector organisations – such as
Age UK, Barnardo's and the NSPCC.
There is a huge range of work opportunities in social care
tailored to various lifestyles and individual needs. Whether you
are looking for a career change, thinking of returning to the
sector or starting your working life from school or
college, social care has much to offer.
Somewhere in your community there's a job that you can do to
support others. If you like working with people, social care work
offers a worthwhile job that can turn into a rewarding long-term
Depending on your role, it is likely that no two days will be
the same. You can gain an enormous sense of personal achievement
from knowing that your job is supporting people and contributing to
making a positive difference and enhancing their everyday living,
health and well-being.
You may want to have a look at the
Skills for Care pathway for more information about
careers in adult social care. This site has a number of options to
look at - including a careers matrix, job descriptions and case
For more guidance about working with children and young
people you can look at the
Department for Education information.
Careers in health care
Thinking about a career in health care? Health care covers
professions from A to Z. Have a look at NHS Careers A
to Z and see for yourself!
However, a career in health care doesn't just mean working for
the NHS – you can work for a number of different organisations and
companies and the possibilities are endless.
Careers and job seeking
For general information and advice, have a look at the Directgov
- Education section and the Job Centre