Joined: February, 2016...
Joining Bluebird Care Sevenoaks in early 2016 was the best decision I ever made.
I always liked the idea of working in Care, though with no qualifications and no experience, I had assumed that my application would never be successful. When I finally mustered up the confidence to pick up the phone, I was told that experience wasn't everything - the right attitude and a willingness to learn were far more important, which I found really reassuring.
Having no formal qualifications, I was also concerned about the training, but there really was no need to be worried, as the trainer was there for me every step of the way. The support was great: following classroom-based learning, shadowing of experienced staff and after completing a series of practical assessments, I was out there doing a job that I never dreamt was achievable!
I enjoy every day. Each customer and every visit is different, you have to think on your feet while performing any number of practical tasks, whilst always keeping one eye on your customer. I had no idea just how many people were lonely and isolated at home, and how much of a difference something as simple as a conversation could make to someone’s day. Each day that I work is immensely satisfying as I really feel that I make a meaningful difference to peoples’ lives.
I have also just completed a QCF Level 2 in Adult Social Care, my very first professional qualification! This was organised by the training team at Bluebird Care Sevenoaks at no cost to me, with lots of support and encouragement. I am now a very proud – and formally accredited! – Care Assistant!