If you like working with people, social care work offers a worthwhile job that could turn into a rewarding career.
Social care workers provide the practical support to help people cope with the day-to-day business of living.
Social care workers may be home care assistants or work in residential care homes, and there's a wide range of jobs working with older people, children and families and people with disabilities.
To become a social worker, you will need an Honours degree in Social Work. There are access courses for mature students, trainee schemes and employment based routes to gaining the qualification.
Social workers form partnerships with people: helping them to assess and interpret the problems they face, and supporting them in finding solutions. They have to know how the law works and be fully up to speed with the social welfare system. They will liaise regularly with other professionals – teachers, doctors, nurses, police, lawyers – acting on behalf of the people they are working with.