Working in Health and Social care allows you as an employee a degree of choice and variety hard to find in other sectors: so many work environments to choose, areas in which to specialise, and patients and clients to help. Whether you work in administration or domiciliary assistance, with the young or old, it is important to keep up to date with the latest developments within your line of work in order to best help your patients.
For many workers, as they approach and enter their fifties, there is a sense of winding down – many people will be within reach of retirement age, and may focus on looking forward to this. However, this group of people make up less of the 50+ working population than you might expect. According to research by the Equality and Human Rights commission, 62% of participants reported feeling fit and healthy as ever, and 59% of Men and 62% reported that they wished to continue working beyond state pension age. With many over 50s still enjoying work and providing financial support to their children or grandchildren, it makes sense to continue seeking progression in your career.
Health and Social Care is a career sector in which there is virtually no age discrimination – while some people may have difficulties in areas due to mobility limitations or ill health, there are so many areas to choose from that you can find something that suits you – all you need is a DRB check and experience, and 96% of workers feel they make a difference, according to Skills for Care. If you’re new to the sector, think about what existing experience you have that could help – a former school teacher or SEN assistant would be perfect for a role with children with learning disabilities.
Continuing a career in the sector is very rewarding, and qualifications can help buy you some stability until you wish to stop working. The Level 3 QCF Diploma in HSC is increasingly in demand by employers, as it demonstrates supervisory skills and independent initiative within a HSC work setting. This qualification is completed through work, allowing you to finish it at your own pace.
Having intermediate training qualifications allows you peace of mind with job stability, while giving you the freedom to move between jobs and sectors – and reach that promotion.