You may just be about to embark on your career, and you are not sure if social care is for you, or you may have been in the realm of social care for some time now but are still unsure whether your specific role suits you. Either way, social work jobs in London and around the country nothing short of demanding, therefore you need to know you’re in the right role for you. If you do not do this, then there is a high chance of being burnt out, due to the lack of satisfaction from your career that this high intensity job needs to give you if you’re going to survive it. Here are a few suggestions of working out whether social care in general is right for you, and more specifically if the role within social care you find yourself in is right for you either.
The very first thing you should do is ask yourself what it was exactly, or generally, that inspired you to get into social care in the first place, or consider the realm of social care as a career possibility. For example, if you started your career because you wanted to bring about positive changes to a community, yet you find yourself in a role largely based in administration, it would seem clear your career path has diverted somewhat. A lot of the time though, it may not be as clear cut as this example. Therefore, it is important to delve further. One way to do this is to create a list that shows your drives, you can then question how your current role is matching up to this. If not enough boxes are being ticked, it is likely a sign you are not within the right role.
If you find yourself in this position, it might be scary to know what to do next. Yet, there are positive steps to take next. It is important to not focus on whether time was wasted in your current role, but to instead be looking forward. One of your first ports of call can be using agencies. They can help show you what roles are available, within many different areas of social care. The bonus here is that you can compare your motivations to a variety of roles and see what position would suit you best.
The next steps might vary, it could be as easy as applying to a new role, or having to get the qualifications to do so. Either way, this process can allow you to excel further in social care, and allow you to know that you are on the right path, or changing paths before it’s too late.