Sam started a work placement at Sense Scotland and loved it so much that she’s still there 20 years later.

Sam puts this longevity down to the supportive learning environment and the great opportunities to progress in her career.

“I enjoyed my work placement so much that I applied to support children while travelling around the country and got relief work, eventually securing a Support Worker role which were like ‘gold dust’ at the time.

“Over the years I’ve been promoted to Team Leader, Service Manager and Registered Manager. After a time looking after children’s services, I moved to Blantyre Short Breaks, where I am now the Registered Manager.

“Highlights for me include being part of the first group of people to complete the Deafblind Diploma. Undertaking this course was a major achievement for me, and to be given this opportunity made be very proud to work where I do. It also motivated me to complete a course at the University of Birmingham. I have attended various conferences, here in Scotland and abroad, which have been fantastic learning experiences that I don’t think I would have experienced elsewhere.”

Sam’s advice to people looking to apply for an adult social care position:

“Opportunities have been a really big thing and have had an impact on my career. But what has really shaped me is learning from the children and adults that I have supported.

“One of the best things about working here is the people. It always is. I grew up with Sense Scotland, they’re like extended family. I’d encourage anyone considering a career in adult social care to go for it and enjoy all the opportunities I’ve had.”