Julie left college with a secretarial qualification and spent several years working in offices. After having her son, Julie decided to try something different - working her way up in the Hospitality Sector to be Manager & Licensee. The hours were long and there was no reward, so Julie decided to have a complete career change!
Julie’s first job in care was in the community, helping individuals in their own home. She was given the opportunity to develop, completing NVQ Level 2 & Level 3 care qualifications. Julie also took the opportunity to complete specialist training – the Dementia Link Worker Award. Julie uses this specialist training to support clients on day trips and social outings such as Gents’ Pub Clubs, Ladies’ Lunch Clubs and Friendship Social & Support Groups.
Julie’s job is incredibly rewarding; the individuals she takes on day trips may not have been to the seaside for 30 or 40 years, and experiencing the seaside brings smiles to their faces as memories come flooding back.
It’s not like a job to Julie - she enjoys what she does every day, making people happy “What makes my job worthwhile is seeing smiles on their faces. I started doing care work 8 years ago, and it was the best decision I ever made, and I wish I had made it a long time ago.” Julie loves her job and looks forward to coming to work every morning.
We asked Julie what her advice would be for anyone starting a career in care and she said, “Do it! To do a job in care is the most rewarding thing I could think of; it makes me so happy to come to work”.