Recently we caught up with Amelia, one of our young staff members across the Pearlcare group. Amelia is currently working at Sanford Care Home as a Care Assistant, she is only 18 years old and here’s what she had to say about a career in care for young people…
Q1: What do you enjoy most about your job?
I love the busy dynamics of the job and the feeling of being mentally stimulated everyday as you don’t know what is going to be presented to you. I don’t think of the residents as just people I care for, they become almost like family and it brings me so much happiness to watch them thrive within the home.
Q2: Why did you choose a career in care?
My interest in medicine was what initially attracted me to the role of a care assistant. I was slightly apprehensive at first to whether I’d enjoy this career, and whether it was for me – but I initially took to it and knew this was for me.
I agree that working in care is not for everyone! But I also think a lot of people don’t realise that it’s something they’d enjoy- like myself. My advice is if this is something you’re interested in ‘grasp the nettle’ … you don’t know where it might take you!
Q3: What would you say to another young person who was thinking about a career in care?
I would say if you have the slightest curiosity or desire to work in care, just go for it! It is definitely a career that you don’t know whether you’ll like unless you try. You might surprise yourself especially like me in my case! I started working at Sandford care home nearly 2 years ago, as I wanted to gain experience working within the care sector. Almost 2 years later I am still working at the care home and I still love my job!
Q4: Your favourite memory of working at Sanford so far?
There’s honestly so many to choose from as I have had the opportunity to meet and care for so many amazing individuals. What I can say is that through working at Sandford Care Home I have definitely had the opportunity to learn so many amazing things and grow as a person. From being a person who has never done care before… To now, being so comfortable with my job and the residents, makes me feel like I have done it my whole life.