How I got into health and social care
Rose Mabiza • 6 mins read
29 September 2023
When we think of carers or health and social care workers, we tend to think of those working in hospitals, care homes and other clinical or care settings. However, according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS), over 5 million people aged five and over provide unpaid care to a loved one in England and Wales (ONS, 2021).
In this article, I discuss how I began my journey as a child carer, mother, and, eventually, a paid care worker. I’ll talk about how many women are thrust into this position, not out of their own will but through life circumstances.
Until I started getting paid for it, I didn’t consider caring for others a job - it came naturally to me. In fact, it was also expected of me.
How did you get into health and social care?
"How do you get into the health and social care sector?" This is a question many people have asked since I wrote my first blog. However, my career path is unconventional. The skills I gained from childhood and living with strong women prepared me for a career in the care sector.
Growing up, we were expected to look after our siblings. Back then, I was unaware of how these simple tasks would pave the way for my future career in the health and social care sector. All I knew was that I helped my mother, aunties and grandmothers. I also didn't realise they were passing on these critical skills to prepare me for a life I hadn't imagined.
Looking after my siblings and relatives became a responsibility, making me a young carer. These experiences have helped me with many things, including:
- Taking care of my own family
- Pursuing my career goals
- Being a good carer and mother.