There are a lot of misconceptions and assumptions when it comes to people’s ideas about being a Care Assistant. In reality, if you’re asking ‘What’s it like to be a Care Assistant’ then some of the stereotypes are completely wrong and others are very true. We’re not going to sugar coat it, it’s hard work and it can be tough at times but it is also quite simply one of the most rewarding things you can do. It’s not for everyone but those who stay in the profession, stay for a very long time. So if you’re considering becoming a Care Assistant, take a look at our take on what it means to be involved in this incredibly rewarding industry.
The job can fit in around other commitments or jobs that you might have so shift patterns can be allocated with you in mind. Most of the time, the person who is receiving care will require around the clock attention so you can work out hours that suit you. However you must bear in mind the mental effect this may have on you, if you’re working unsociable hours to fit in with studying or another job then don’t forget that you still need time for you.
Variety of the Role
It’s fair to say that no two days are the same when you work as a Care Assistant. Each day brings new challenges and new rewards. This isn’t your normal sit at a desk and do the same task over and over again type of job. You’ll be faced with something different every day – some you’ll enjoy and some you may not but it’ll never be boring! There is always the knowledge though that you are making a difference to someone’s life which is surely what it’s all about.
Working in the care industry is possibly one of the most rewarding jobs that you could ever have. Your role in your client’s life literally makes a huge difference to that person and that feeling of being so helpful is fantastic. It certainly makes up for the hard work and the tough times because you’re improving that person’s quality of life. Even the smallest things can make a big difference and while it might seem small to you it could literally make someone’s day.
It’s not just about the physical work too, just talking and listening to your client can be one of the most valuable things you can do. It’s almost like being a counsellor and in some cases, you may be the only person in their life. But that can take its toll on you as the Care Assistant. In some ways the functional elements of the role are easy to do but it’s the emotional ties that can stay with you. Some people love this side of their job but for others it can be overwhelming and you have to be mentally ready.
There’s not many roles where you literally learn on the job like this. You can enter a role with little specific qualifications and undertake the training as you go along and enjoy continuous professional development. It’s a great way to develop your experience and gain qualifications as you go along and a lot of Care Assistants also find that it helps them find a specialist area that they would like to focus on.
You might care for someone who has a lot of family support and there will be certain dynamics that you have to manage along with that. You’ll be the focus of their support, their anger and their sadness and plenty more. Conversely you could be all that your client has and the role, and the pressure that comes with it, is altogether different. All of this may not be directly why you wanted to become a Care Assistant but it is a vital and influential part of the job.
It’s also important to remember that you are the professional and with that must come a level head, there will be tough decisions that might go against what your heart tells you. There will be people looking to you to make the right decisions for the situation and what the client needs. This can be a hard position to be in and is another tough part of the role but it can also be a hugely rewarding part of what you do.
So if you’re thinking about going into a Care Assistant’s role there is a lot to consider. It really does depend on the individual and how you approach the role. We believe that you can’t dress up what it’s like to be a Care Assistant, it will provide you with some of the best days of your working life but it’s likely to also give you some of the most challenging too. Think about why you’re entering into a Care Assistant’s role and what you may be faced with.
We hope that this has helped you see the highs and lows of what it’s like to be a Care Assistant. Contact us if you’d like to know more or would like to take on a role in the caring industry. We’re always happy to talk and offer advice to anyone who wants to get in touch.