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Are you compassionate and do you like helping people? Would you really like to make a difference to people’s lives? Do you also need a job with flexibility? If you have answered yes to any of these questions then you might want to consider searching for Support Worker jobs.
As the name implies, a support worker literally spends their time supporting other people. The people who you support can range in age and needs, but in almost all cases they are vulnerable people including those with learning difficulties, the elderly, those with a disability or children with specific needs, all of whom need emotional, physical and practical support to live a comfortable and independent life, and achieve the goals they want to achieve.
The location of your work can vary from residential homes to council offices to within a client’s own home. Support workers assisting people in their own homes often have to travel between clients and appointments, so having your own transport is a benefit.
You don’t have to have special qualifications to work as a support worker, but previous experience in a health or support role or a relevant NVQ can help you snare a support worker job.
If you don’t have experience yet, it may be that you can still be successful in getting an assistant support worker job, or why not consider volunteering for a charity working with children or adults, and gain some valuable experience for your CV?
Once on the job, many organisations will help you work towards an NVQ in health and social care.
If money is your motivator, then support work may not be for you. It is not the best paid job in the world. But if helping people is your calling, and money is secondary to that, then you can expect to earn around minimum wage, depending on your level of experience and also depending on your location as wages vary from location to location.
If having a flexible or part time job is very important, then a job as a support worker might be just what you need. Many support worker roles can be worked part time and even full time hours are usually worked on a rotational basis, where you will be informed of your hours in advance so you can plan childcare and other commitments accordingly. You can also find a job as a support worker on casual hours. While this does mean you don’t have a contracted number of hours, it does also mean you can tell your employer when you are available – for example, during school hours – to take on shifts.
If you are the sort of person who takes pleasure from helping others in need, then being a support worker could be right for you. Search and apply for support worker jobs today