There are many common myths and misconceptions about working in the care and support sector. With so much information out there, we want to help you sort fact from fiction.
Here are a few examples of the real-life comments we hear about working in the care and support sector.
Myth 1: "Working in care and support only involves boring routine tasks and I’ll never enjoy it!”
Absolutely not. Being a care or support provider is so much more. By developing relationships with your customers, you provide a huge amount of social and emotional support as well as everyday routine personal care.
Each customer has their own unique care plan, tailored to support them with living as independently, happily and healthily as possible. A career in care is incredibly rewarding, in fact, it’s probably one of the most rewarding, because every day your work helps to make a real difference to someone’s life. You might be the reason someone smiles that day!
Myth 2: “Most people in the care and support sector are middle-aged women!”
Guinness Care colleagues are a diverse group of talented individuals, of different ages, genders and backgrounds. What we hold in common is that we all want to make a difference and want to do social good. So, why not join our team - either as an addition to your current employment, or maybe because you’re retired and now find yourself with time on your hands to help others?
Overall, it doesn’t matter if you’re just starting out, seeking a career change, or looking to get back into work after a break. If you care about making a difference to other people’s lives, then a career in care and support could be the right fit for you.
Myth 3: "I’ll have to drive all over the country and I’ll never see my manager!”
Not at all. You will have regular contact with your manager and a local office where you will always be supported. Although you will need to have a driving licence and access to a car for many of our roles, you will only cover your assigned area. This means there shouldn’t be any nasty surprises of long drives up and down the country! Your manager is there to help you through any issues, concerns or queries you have.
Myth 4: "Care and support work is an unskilled profession!”
No - our teams are highly skilled Adult Social Care workers.
A career in care is a journey defined by you. At Guinness, we offer full and essential training through in-depth induction packages. We cover a variety of subjects, including Safeguarding, Manual Handling and PEG Feeding. Prior experience is not a requirement for most entry-level roles, this means we will support you in gaining the essential skills required to feel confident in your new role. Beyond this, our teams are encouraged and celebrated to take part in further training and development, and many of our teams have progressed into senior and management positions at Guinness Care!
A career in care is a complex and incredibly rewarding journey, with a real opportunity to make a difference to someone’s life. It doesn’t matter if you have no previous experience - if you’re passionate about helping others, you’re our perfect candidate.
Get involved in the campaign which is running until March:
The #MadeWithCare campaign is run by Department of Health and Social Care - DHSC