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How to become a Care Professional when you have no experience

To become a Carer, it’s important to have a passion for supporting people above all else.

Certain specialist care roles require very specific qualifications and experience. Whilst other CareGiver roles offer all the necessary training and experience in-house. So it is possible to become a professional care worker with no previous experience in the sector.

At Right at Home, we believe that personal qualities are the most important thing when determining whether you will be a good fit for a job in homecare. Our team of expert trainers and facilitators provide all necessary training before you interact with Clients. 

We certainly don’t expect you to know everything before you start. So, if you’re looking for Carer jobs with no experience required, we may have a role for you.

What skills do I need to be a carer?

You don’t need specific formal experience or technical skills to take on a Junior CareGiver role. However, we do seek out candidates with specific qualities and excellent communication skills. We pride ourselves on hiring Carers who demonstrate:

  • Passion & Dedication
  • Reliability & Trustworthiness
  • Adaptability & Organisation
  • Attentiveness & Positivity
  • Patience & Respect

Take a look at our page on the qualities that make a good Carer to find out more about the transferable skills you may be able to bring to this role.

Can I work in social care without a degree?

Work within the health and social care sectors span a wide spectrum of Clients and circumstances, but often attract the same type of candidates: people who want to make a difference.

If you are looking to qualify as a social worker, you will need a social work degree. Whereas, if you seek to make a difference to people’s lives on a daily basis, homecare is an incredibly fulfilling industry to work in.

At-home CareGivers do not require the same level of formal qualifications as some other roles in the care sector. While any training or education in health and social care is certainly beneficial, we believe in training every Carer once they’ve joined our team. The experience we offer is excellent for anyone looking to progress into nursing and other health and social care sectors. We don’t expect everyone to come to us with a degree, just a desire to make a difference.

Find out more about our career progression opportunities.

How to get into health and social care

In a country with an ageing population, there is never a shortage in demand for Carers. If you’re looking to get into homecare, now is the time to do so!

If you’re applying for Carer jobs without formal qualifications, we want to hear about your personal qualities, your transferable skills, and the journey that has led you to a career in care. Ensure your CV is compelling and tells a story of who you are and how you can make a difference to our inspirational Clients.

It’s likely that you’re already more qualified than you think!

Have you ever looked after a family member? Do you pride yourself on being a great listener? Have you worked in a Client-facing role, where time management was key? 

Those are the sorts of invaluable transferable skills that we look for. And we want to hear from you!

How to get into care work with no experience

Our Care Assistant and CareGiver roles are great options for those just starting out in the industry without formal experience. We believe that offering Carer jobs with training is the best way to maintain the consistent high-quality care that we’re known for. 

Our approach to consistent training also benefits our Care workers. We are proud to offer opportunities to people who want to join the homecare industry but don’t have the resources or time to train beforehand.

Beginning as a Carer is a great way to embark on a career path with plenty of opportunities for progression. Our industry-leading training offers continuous support, with a wide spectrum of training programmes, allowing you to gain new skills and expertise in areas that interest you.

Read our Learning & Development Brochure to learn more about our training opportunities.

Many of our CareGivers move into more senior positions over time, becoming Care Coordinators or even training as Registered Managers.

You could even consider a degree apprenticeship if you are interested in branching out to more specialised areas. Some of our CareGivers go on to undertake degree apprenticeships in specialist care, whilst others embrace our many in-house training programmes to further their earning potential.

Gaining experience and knowledge whilst you work can also allow you to maximise your earning potential. To find out more about your salary expectations, take a look at our Care Salary Calculator.

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Learn more about the different types of jobs in health and social care, to find the right career path for you.