Monthly Archives: March 2013

Careers in Social Care: The Challenges vs The Rewards.

Choosing a career in Social Care takes thought and consideration for the challenges that arise within the industry, then balancing these factors with the rewards and opportunities that are available. It is then down to whether the applicant is willing to allow the opportunities and rewards of the role outweigh the challenges that are to be faced. There are positive and negative aspects to all career paths, but the Social Care Sector takes consideration before entering. It is often said that employees within the industry are to be a certain type of person.

To succeed, the appropriate mindset should be addressed; to prepare the staff members to take on the tasks and challenges ahead; both physically and emotionally. Working within care, you have to bare in mind that each decision or action made will have colossal consequences and effect on your patient; and that within the career, your foundation is to save lives and heal those that are wounded both mentally and physically and sick. A positive outlook is required to keep spirits high and for relationships and trust to form with the patient. The benefits of the job must be more prevalent in the eyes of the role holder over the pressures involved, which is further helped by an attitude that is motivating too.

The key to success whilst working within care, is to always be intellectually on top of your game. Daily, split second decisions are to be made with life or death consequences. Working with vulnerable people, within often awkward and uncomfortable situations can be an emotional and physical drain on the individual, highlighting that staff within the Social Care Sector should take time to take care of themselves too.

Providing care is as much a character trait as it is a skill. An innate personality trait is required for care work as well as a genuine concern for others. As well as this, there is a huge amount of responsibility on the shoulders of the healthcare professional over the outcome of the patients. Although caring is the first and foremost trait, the role also requires a large amount of technical knowledge. The ability to administer medication, track and monitor progress with individuals and to notice any changes in a patient’s appearance, attitude, personality alongside monitoring the performance of medical procedures. Devotion of time, patience and empathy to the patient’s welfare is of great importance.

Through a career in care, employees are required to show that they are coming through not only physical needs, but through spending time and understanding exactly what their clients need, want and desire for the benefit of both themselves and their families.

Nevertheless, there are a large amount of rewards. For example, you have the ability to make a monumental difference in the lives of others through connections and relations on both a personal and intimate level, which can be extremely rewarding. Essentially, with the correct level of training received and the correct working environment,  people working within the Social Care Sector have the ability to learn new skills, keep up to date with regulations and to improve efficiency within the workplace.

Here at EDO, we have Health and Social Care Qualifications available, with a fantastic team of assessors that are available to guide each learner through their course individually. If you would like to learn more about the variation of courses available, or would like to enquire as to how you can enrol, contact us on 01543 458580.