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Transferable skills and experience

Social care workers need different skills and knowledge, but you will probably already have a number of these.

Watch this video to see what people who receive care services think makes a great social care worker.

This is an additional video, hosted on YouTube.

Now consider the following skills and qualities, and identify the ones you already have. Make sure you highlight these on your CV and during interviews because these are the skills that employers will be looking for.

  • Able to communicate easily with others
  • Able to get on with different people easily
  • Able to speak more than one language
  • Able to drive (essential for some work)
  • Good listener
  • Caring
  • Compassionate
  • Reliable
  • Honest
  • Patient and not easily flustered
  • Able to work independently
  • Good team player
  • Good sense of humour
  • Not easily put off by smells, sights or mess
  • Able to deal with behaviour that you might find challenging
  • Able to cope with the unexpected
  • Able to organise and structure your work
  • Able to keep records of your work
  • Able to work under pressure.

If you can tick off any (or all) of these then social care work may well be the right career for you.

Choose a few qualities from the list that you think you already have and share your reasons why in the Comments below.

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