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Prepared to care?
A number of transferable skills and qualities stand ex-Service personnel in perfect stead for a career within the care sector. Care Today is one company seeking residential care workers to support the young people it looks after – perhaps it’s the role you’ve been seeking?
Having left the Forces, the process of applying for jobs – and even knowing where to start – can be demanding. Spending evening after evening trawling through never-ending job sites can be monotonous and uninspiring, and motivation can soon dwindle. Do you go cold turkey and find an entirely new career, or do you embark upon a job that links previously used skills with a brand new role?
Obviously, the latter is far and away the best option. Determination, integrity and respect are attributes that are second nature to those who’ve been in the Armed Forces. And they are among the many transferable skills and qualities that make Service leavers well suited to a career within the care sector.
With a combination of structure, discipline and passion, you are likely to be the perfect candidate for one of our residential care worker roles, whereby you will work to achieve the goals of the young people in our care, and strive to overcome setbacks.
Due to the nature of your Forces role, you will already be accustomed to strategically overcoming negativities in a productive and positive manner – a skill that is of paramount importance when it comes to supporting impressionable young people.
We are always looking for enthusiastic new staff to join our team of residential care workers. We have more than 30 residential homes up and down the country, from school sites to farms.
The work of a residential care worker varies massively on a day-to-day basis. You’ll be working as part of a dedicated team to provide the best possible outcomes for our young people, through mentoring, leisure activities, educational needs and every aspect in between. One minute, you could be helping with homework, the next enjoying a kick-about down the park. Your morning could be taken up with a trip to town to buy school uniform, while your evening could be dedicated to lending an ear, and having a laugh and a joke.
Our Positive Steps Intervention and farm sites are particularly focused on an active lifestyle, with regular opportunities to embrace wild camping, fishing, rock climbing and football. So, while participating in the activities you love, you will continue to make a real difference, and to contribute to the shaping and inspiring of the future generation.
Care Today staff member, Callum, shares his experience of transitioning from the Armed Forces …
‘After serving for more than six years in the Army as an airborne signaller within 16 Air Assault Brigade, leaving the military and starting a new career was a daunting prospect, as all Service leavers know only too well. However, starting work with Care Today as a residential care worker has been an easy transition for me, as I swap to another rewarding career with great prospects and a forward-thinking mind-set. Flexibility in a job was something that was high priority for me, as well as job satisfaction, and this is a greatly rewarding job caring for youths who haven’t had the best start in life, steering them in the right direction. The discipline and boundaries put in place by the military assisted in a seamless transition in my approach to both my work and to passing on key life skills to young people who may not have been exposed to them.
‘Working for a family-run company, being in regular contact and being provided guidance by the company’s founders really helps in knowing you’re being listened to and that any ideas put forward are taken on board and implemented when practical.
‘I can’t recommend the job enough and, as I approach the end of my first year, my sights are set high and I feel I can achieve whatever I want to with hard work and a willingness to learn.’
Want to work for Care Today?
Established in 1994, Care Today is a friendly, family-run agency, with more than 30 children’s homes and 240 fostering families across the UK. Rated Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ since 2010, we are proud to have also been awarded Gold in the Investors in People Awards.
A company to grow and develop within, we offer full training and pride ourselves on internal progression and promotion, with all of our new staff being automatically enrolled on to their level 3 Diploma.
If you’re thinking of applying for a role with us, please note that sleepovers and night work will be required. No previous experience necessary.
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