Try Before You Buy
If you are wanting to build some experience in the workplace, unsure of your next career move or just want to try something different, doing some work experience in adult social care is great chance to 'try before you buy'. Two-thirds of employers would be more likely to hire a young person with work experience over someone with none, and 80 per cent of employers think work experience is essential - but people of any age can benefit from work experience. It’s a great way to stay social and helps people in need feel they are part of the local community.
Volunteering can be a fun and rewarding experience, and nowhere is this more true than in adult social care. You will spend time with people from all walks of life, assisting them in leading happier and more independent lives. However you can help, we have different locations and opportunities to suit you. Work experience opportunities comprise of varying lengths. They might run every day for one/two weeks, or run one day a week for six/eight weeks. Any time you can spare to help the lives of people in North Yorkshire is time well spent.
So, what could you get from adult social care work experience?
- Work experience gives you a flavour of how the world of adult social care works. It will help you decide if it’s the right career for you – you might discover a brand new passion!
- It can help you develop a range of skills useful for a variety of jobs (not just for adult social care) such as listening and communication, supporting people, relationship building, organisation, and teamwork.
- You will work alongside some fantastic people who are passionate about care. You will gain confidence and build self-esteem working as part of a team performing challenging and meaningful work. These people may even provide a reference or help you gain future employment.
- Competition for jobs can be tough, but having work experience on your CV could give you the edge over other candidates. Work experience shows employers you’re keen to work, driven, and ready for a challenge. It may also add value to an apprenticeship or university application.
- You will be giving your time to those who really need it. Adult social care is about supporting people with a wide range of needs - from assistance with daily tasks to emotional support as well as personal care. Everything you do, not matter how small, will help people maintain their dignity and independence.