When people think of care jobs, they tend to dwell on the more negative aspects – the fact that they can be physically, mentally, and emotionally draining, somewhat isolating, and the wages nothing spectacular for the work you’re doing – and yet, many people still choose this as a career option. Why?
Despite all the rough stuff, the truth is that any job will have it: and even for the downsides that come to mind, there are many upsides to having a job in care work. People who work a care job find that their experience is very fulfilling, that there are more chances than not to up your ranks in the company, and you gain a bevy of valuable skills. Some of the qualifications you gain in care work can be applied towards health and social care careers, too.
Okay, so it sounds simple enough, right? A number of people still worry that they wouldn’t be cut out for the work, no matter how enriching the experience would be, but the truth is that almost anyone can get into the field. Although it certainly is a plus to have a burning passion for loving and caring for other people, you might just discover it’s been there inside you the whole time.
No matter what your personality is like, this job is especially well suited to those who:
The ability to work as part of a team, as well as alone.
If you choose care jobs in an institutional setting, it will be important that you are able to function well as a team member, although inevitably there will be times where you will need to make decisions by yourself. Similarly, if you choose to work in a homecare setting, you will often work alone or perhaps with one other person.
Are lovers, not fighters.
It almost goes without saying: to be in a job caring for other people, you should generally be an all-around compassionate and thoughtful person. When you are dealing with patients who have been stripped of their independence and have to rely on another person for their most basic needs, it shouldn’t be surprising to find that some of them will be unhappy about it and treat you with less politeness or civility than you might like. Treat them with respect and understanding – but don’t take it too personally, either.
You can think on the spot.
You would be surprised at how fast-paced a job in care can be, if certain situations arise. Whether it’s making a split medical decision on the behalf of a patient or something simply goes awry in the plan, having the ability to keep a level head and make quick decisions even in the most chaotic of times is all part of the job. While no one is immune to stressing out, for the majority of the time you should be able to keep calm when things get heavy.
Excellent communication skills
It is inevitable in care jobs that you will come across people who struggle to communicate due to their illness, disability or simply due to old age. Being able to confidently communicate effectively with a variety of people is very important to ensure that you can provide kind and efficient care. Additionally, communication between care team members is vital to quality of care.