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Social care - why care?

Considering a career in care? Find out some of the reasons why it could be for you

With more people needing support to live independently at home there is an increasing demand for people to provide the care they need.

If you want a career where you can progress, feel secure, and get an enormous sense of personal achievement from knowing you are helping other people, then community based social care could be for you.

Here are just some of the reasons to consider a career in care:

Carers make a difference to people’s lives everyday

  • Giving people the help they need to lead the lives they want can be enormously satisfying

Care work offers a career not just a job.

  • Plenty of opportunities to learn new skills and to move up the career ladder or into other social care fields.


  • You do not necessarily need to have formal qualifications to start your career in care as training will be provided. The most important thing for employers is that you have the right personality traits, frame of mind and values.

Flexible hours, diverse and interesting days.

  • You get to meet a variety of people and develop rewarding relationships. You provide a range of help and support to meet individual care needs and with a range of working patterns available can do hours that suit you.

Pay, Terms and Conditions can be better than you think

If you are employed by one of Oxfordshire County Council’s Help to Live at Home providers you will be paid more than the National Living Wage Travel time between appointments and mileage will also be paid for. There is also an option to choose a fixed hours contract or, if you need greater flexibility, a zero hours contract. Full training towards recognised qualifications is also provided to help you progress in your career.

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Last reviewed
16 March 2017
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