Camille began her first role in care while she was on a gap year from her studies and wanted to build hands-on experience before going to study medicine. With this being her first job, she didn’t really know what to expect from the role and the kind of skills she would gain from it. However, she’s realised how rewarding a role in adult social care is and the range of practical and emotional skills the job helps you develop.
“I’ve always wanted to study medicine but wanted to gain some relevant experience before I go to University and it’s been such a great decision.
“A typical day at Leuchie House is hard to describe as it’s always different from the last. I will do either an early or late shift. This involves getting the guests up or helping them get to bed. Most of the patients have Multiple Sclerosis (MS) which has taught me a lot about the kind of care required for this and the strength of connection you build with the people you care for.
“There’s also lots of fun to be had each day, like taking guests for walks which I think is very important for mental wellbeing. We use phones to document everything we’ve done so all handover processes are easily picked up.
“Getting to chat to guests and hear about their lives is my favourite part. They all have so many interesting stories to share and the advice they offer has been invaluable to me. I’ve always been someone who loves to chat to people and find out their stories so the role has been absolutely perfect for this.
“The role really is perfect for people with caring characteristics. If you’re patient, willing to learn and keen to progress your career, I can’t think of many better careers out there.”
Camille’s advice to people looking to apply for an adult social care position:
“Being able to help people day in, day out is very rewarding but also challenging. If people are unsure when applying I would encourage it. You gain numerous skills and get to meet so many kinds of interesting people that make every day special.”