I hope you are well. I am sure some of you wise people can give me a little advice....
I am 35 and have worked in the special needs sector and the childcare sector, I have a social work qualification and an early childhood education qualification ( two year diploma courses). I had been feeling a bit stuck in the sector the past few years but I got a promotion to manager which meant a bigger payday, but still lower than national average due to the sector.
However, the hours are long (7:30 starts, often 6pm finishes) and I am thinking of starting a family. Part time jobs in this sector are rare and normally are at minimum wage (the manager position is only offered full time) and I think I'm feeling a bit disillusioned watching friends work less hours for more pay. I guess I'm looking for a better work life balance and a better ladder I could climb over time.
I have no idea what else I would want to do as the care sector is all I have worked in and I think I'm now hoping I could find something I could train up in that might offer me a better future.... Hope this makes sense and I'm hoping others may have guidance as I'm a bit scared not knowing what is ahead
Have you done Residential Social Care?
No I haven't, would I need a degree for that? Would also be interested in charity work I think
Is your qualification in social work or social care?
Have you any options for moving into a different role within the childcare sector - maybe a training role or inspector or advisor or sales or something like that? That could possibly be a stepping stone to move out of the sector at a later stage.
Current social work qualification should be sufficient to work within mainstream residential care.
Early Childhood Education Qualification should be enough to work in centres for Children or Adults with Intellectual Disabilities.
Where are you based?
That was my thinking. But I fear the OP may only have a featac level 5 equivalent in social care, which would be ... limiting.