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Transferable skills and experience


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

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 whether you possess any of them already:

  • 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 possess, and share your reasons why in the Comments below.

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