Do you want to help and support people with their physical and mental wellbeing? Do you want to make a difference to the lives of people who are experiencing social and emotional problems?
If you love working with people and are caring, calm and patient, then you might find working in the social, caring and advisory area a rewarding career.
You could be working in advisory services, child care and education, community education, psychology and counselling, social work or social care. You might specialise in working with adults or children, or help and support people of all ages.
You might work for:
It can be quite difficult to get a job in advisory and counselling services, although there are lots of voluntary opportunities.
Community learning and development work includes adult learning, youth work and a wide range of other community support and development jobs.
Job prospects are likely to remain fairly good, and employment levels in some areas are set to grow. Scotland's population is projected to increase by 9% by 2037. Of this figure, the number of children is to rise by 5% and people of pensionable age by 27%. Also, the Scottish Government is planning to increase the provision of funded early learning and childcare to 1,140 hours by 2020 and it's estimated that up to 11,000 more workers will be needed.
The largest three sub-sectors are housing support/care at home, care homes for adults and day care of children. Collectively these account for 78% of the social services workforce.
Another trend has been the growth of the private and voluntary sectors in social services, as local authorities contract out care services to save money due to lower budgets. The private sector has the largest share, accounting for 42% of social services workforce, whilst the public sector is 31% and the voluntary sector 27%.
The Scottish Social Services Council website has a section called ‘Your Career in Care’, with lots of resources.
The website for the Sector Skills Council, Skills for Care and Development, has a section called ‘Careers in Care’ with useful information.