Section 2: What qualifications and experience do I need?

Voluntary work / work experience

Work experience is a great way of finding out if work in care is right for you, and if you’re right for care. It can:

  • Give you valuable experience
  • Develop your skills and knowledge
  • Support your application forms and interviews in the future
  • Help you network with people in the sector
  • Even lead to permanent employment
  • Some people gain work experience through school or college courses but this is often not enough and it can be useful to do some relevant voluntary work – this helps you build your experience, knowledge and skills.
  • Most employers will ask for relevant experience – this is particularly important for jobs you can do straightaway without a degree. Some degrees (such as social work) will also expect you to have relevant work experience.
  • Doing voluntary work whilst studying on e.g. a degree programme is really advisable and can enhance your employability considerably.
Jobs requiring degrees
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