Looking for a career path that allows you to make a direct impact on the lives of those around you? Health and Social Care (HSC) might be just the ticket. Roles in HSC vary incredibly, from social workers through to occupational therapists; but the main tenet that pulls them all together is your focus on offering additional physical, social and emotional support to individuals to help them live their lives to the fullest.
Thinking of taking your first steps into a HSC role? You’re not alone. The estimated number of adults working in Health and Social Care stands at 1.54 million, with an average 6.8% vacancy rate (this equates to around 105,000 roles advertised on an average day).
So, what's so great about working in Health & Social Care?
- One of the most rewarding jobs in the world. Put simply, working in health and social care means you really can make a direct and immediate difference to people's lives, every single day. Workers in the health and social care sector get to see how their work helps people and get direct feedback from those they help. Yes, the work can also be tough, emotionally and sometimes physically, but many working in the sector would say the reward of seeing a smile on someone's face after you've helped them far outweighs the challenges.
- Jobs are available for those with all levels of education. Health and social care is a sector where there are opportunities for everyone, whether you left school with very few qualifications, or you went on to university, there are plenty of options. It's also a sector where there are lots of progression opportunities for those who want to grow into more senior roles.
- Training and development opportunities. Many providers in the sector offer significant training and development opportunities for their staff. Not only does this cover legal requirements, but also enables you to develop skills and gain qualifications that are then transferable into other roles or that will help you progress into more senior positions.
- A sector that will always be needed and is unlikely to be affected by automation. While many jobs in other industries are being affected by automation, the care sector remains an industry where human caring capabilities will always be needed. This is a sector where you know there will be jobs available for many years to come.
- Flexibility. As care work is needed at all hours of the day and night, roles in this sector often allow a level of flexibility when it comes to setting hours and shift patterns that fit with other commitments in your life or your preferred times of working. If 9-5 jobs just don't suit you, this could be a great option.
- The people. Finally, everyone we speak to who works in this sector say that the people they meet, whether they are clients, patients, or co-workers are a hugely important part of their satisfaction with working in the sector. People who choose to work in health and social care often do so because they want to make a difference to the lives of others. They're nice people, so why wouldn't you want to work in a sector where people want to do good every day?