Whatever stage you're at in your social care career we understand that the profession requires diverse skills to deal with the various challenges and obstacles it throws at you. Whether you're newly qualified and looking for your first social care job or need help developing your expertise, Randstad will provide you with the support and advice you need to succeed.
Below are useful tips, guides and resources for you to take your social care career to the next level.
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Entry level jobs in social care have become increasingly competitive in recent years with newly qualified social workers now looking for as much guidance as possible to find their first job. Our experts have put together guides including tips on how to write the perfect CV for social care, interview preparation and application advice.
Familiarise yourself with The Code of Ethics for Social Work.
Enrol on The Assessed and Supported Year in Employment to improve and develop your skills, knowledge and confidence.
Familiarise yourself with CPD standards and put together a CPD action plan which will ensure you keep it up to date.
Get help with your CV and application forms from those who work in your field.
Never underestimate graduate internships or adding to your voluntary experience when looking for your first role.
Shadow as many people as you can during your induction period and always ask questions!
Look after yourself, acknowledge your work life balance and don't be afraid to say no if caseloads become too much.
Developing your skills is important for a social worker especially if you want to progress your career. One thing you can do to help take that next step on the ladder is consider your continuing professional development (CPD). We know it can be hard to keep on top of training so here's some advice on how to plan for your next move.
Every social work professional registered with HCPC is required to maintain a record or profile of their learning and development. Here are some top tips for organising yours:
Ensure your personal statement involves a discussion of personal and professional objectives, how you have gone about achieving them and how they have benefited service users.
Do not try to describe in detail every CPD activity you've undertaken over the last two years. Instead, choose the most varied and important ones and explain what you did, what you learnt and the benefits it had for you and others.
Make sure you understand the distinction between CPD and day-to-day work when logging activities. See our examples of what you can include below.
Never include confidential data or information in your descriptions. Remember that everything needs to be anonymised.
Consider using BASW's CPD Tool when maintaining and dating a record of your activities between registration dates.
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