Being a care worker is not only one of the most rewarding and fulfilling roles in the care sector, but the ability to progress makes it an excellent career choice.

In this piece, we speak to a number of health and social care professionals at leading community care provider Radis Community Care, about their passion for the industry and why they find their jobs so rewarding.

As a business, Radis is keen to inspire and encourage the next generation of carers and staff for the health and social care sector and often take on apprentices as well as students for work experience.

Oliver Baird, a health and social care student who is currently taking part in work experience at Radis Community Care’s Moreton Court Extra Care Housing Service said:

“I’ve always wanted to help people in any way I can, and I hope to join the army as a combat medic but would later like to focus on a career in adult care.

“It takes a lot of empathy and resilience to help people and work in a role such as a carer, however I believe it to be incredibly rewarding by being able to improve a person’s quality of life through the care provided.”

Radis also has a number of long-serving employees that have not only worked their way up within the business, but have been given the opportunity to explore other roles and areas, too.

Sam Fox, Referrals and Assessment Officer at Radis Community Care has been working in the care industry for 13 years.

After caring her Grandad who had a brain tumour alongside her family, Sam quickly realised she wanted a job where she was able to give something back to those who needed it and has spent many years progressing within the industry, where she began as a care worker.

She said, “I began working for Radis in 2011 as a care worker within an extra care service before being approached to become a team leader on a number of occasions. However, I enjoyed my role as a care worker and after taking a short break from the sector, I returned to Radis in 2017 as part of the recruitment team, and then business support.”

Sam is a great example of the health and social care sector being one for ambition and progression, working her way through both a business and an industry by taking on a number of roles.

Sam is now Referrals and Assessment Officer for Radis’ Supported Living Services.

Speaking of her growth throughout the business, Sam said, “I believe the skills I gained from each role, working with all employees and across various departments as well as furthering my knowledge on Radis, our services and the wider industry has enabled me to progress to where I am now.”

Below, David Evans, Head of Talent Acquisition for the leading community care provider, shares three key reasons people should explore a career in care this National Careers Week.

  1. Opportunity:

National Careers Week is the perfect time for people to explore career options, enabling them to discover the many opportunities available to them.

The health and social care sector is a great industry for people to join if they want a rewarding yet progressive career. At Radis, we encourage and support all of our employees and carers to grow and to continue developing in order to progress professionally through the business and the industry.

Whilst the number of carers in the industry remains above pre-pandemic level, there continues to be a demand for caring staff, and National Careers Week is a great way to increase recruitment to ensure there are enough carers across the country, supporting those who really need it.

  1. Raise awareness:

Careers within the social care sector often go unnoticed, but the sector can offer a variety of opportunities in many different areas.

National Careers Week is a great way for businesses within the industry to raise awareness and spread the message of just how much a carer can change a person’s life and their ability to live it to its fullest.

And days and events such as this will also put people’s minds at ease if they themselves or a loved one may be seeking the help and support of a carer.

  1. Connection

Whether you’re a carer, or a person that receives care, National Careers Week is an ideal way for communities to connect and encourage further conversations.

He said, “Whilst many people consider a care worker to be the only role within the sector, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

“From recruitment, business support, finance, activities coordinators and so much more, the opportunities available within the health and social care industry are endless and there is something for everyone.”

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