It’s Week 4 of our Made with Care series, where we are helping guide people to their perfect role in care and support.
Working in the care and support sector is so much more than just a job, it’s being that friendly face who can lift up a person’s day. Whether they're supporting customers out of bed, preparing meals, cleaning around the house, or offering companionship - the work our teams do is incredibly rewarding.
You don’t need any prior experience to apply – what’s important is a positive, caring and calm attitude with a passion to help others. Our care and support teams come to us with a variety of backgrounds, career paths and skill sets. We will support you in gaining the essential qualifications required to feel confident in your new role, meaning whatever your skill level, there’s a care role out there for you!
This week, we spoke to Jemayma about her role as a Care and Support Enabler at Guinness Care. Jemayma has worked for Guinness Care for 5 years, so we asked her a few questions about her career with us so far:
What was your first job?
My first job was helping my grandparents sell their fresh vegetables in a market in the Philippines, where I was born and brought up. I then worked in a small restaurant as a waitress - but my first ‘proper’ job was back in Cyprus, where I worked in a gas station. This involved filling up gas, checking tyres, and ensuring that out of date foods were thrown away in the station shop!
What influenced you to choose a career in Care?
My mum! She studied for 6 months to be a carer and I grew up surrounded by caring for elderly. I also looked after my great grandmother, so I knew I was capable.
Guinness Care offered lots of opportunities and training so I could develop my skills within care, so I knew I wanted to apply for a role here. I’m happy I choose my career in care with Guinness.
In a few sentences, how would you describe your 5 years at Guinness, are there any highlights for you?
Working in Guinness is the best thing that happened to my entire career, as it made me rethink what I wanted to do with my life and push forward.
Guinness has taught me that anything is possible if you do the work and have an equal chance.
What’s your favourite thing about your job?
My favourite thing about my job is listening to the individual's life stories and adventures when they were young!
When I'm able to fulfil the individual's needs and put a smile on their face - even with a simple act - it shows me why I enjoy my job!
What single bit of advice would you give to someone considering taking up a role in Care or Support?
Believe in yourself! It will massively benefit the individual you support.
A huge thank you to Jemayma for talking to us!
A career in care and support 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.
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