Make a difference to someone’s life

We work alongside a wide range of organisations across Edinburgh who deliver social care support services. We’ve created a section on myjobscotland to bring together opportunities for a career in care in Edinburgh in one place. EHSCP is co-ordinating this page, but the jobs are with a wide variety of care organisations who work in Edinburgh. Find a job in adult social care

Adult social care – a rewarding job

Working in adult social care means you’ll help someone to stay in their own home or perhaps support them in another homely setting, such as a care home.

You’ll help people live as full and independent a life as possible and also help their unpaid carers and family have time to themselves and get on with their lives too.

Each day you’re doing something truly worthwhile, something to be proud of. It’s an excellent career for people who like helping others. It’s not only rewarding for you, but you can make a positive difference in the community you live and work in.

You can find out more about what a job in social care means, hear from some social care workers, or sign up to join a virtual workshop, on the care to care website.

What you’ll be doing

You can support a diverse group of people including those who are older, have physical or learning disabilities or may be experiencing poor mental health and wellbeing.

Working to help different people with unique needs and personalities means that you’ll build individual relationships with each person you meet and support. The job is varied and can involve lots of different tasks like supporting people to:

  • manage personal care tasks like washing, dressing and meal preparation
  • regain skills and independence following a period of ill health or injury.
  • manage their day to day routines both in their home and communities.

You may also work with people, their families and other professionals to make sure they have the right care plan in place. Sometimes the job can be challenging but the rewards are immense.

If you want to find out more about why you should choose a career in adult social care, visit the care to care website

About you

You should be good at building relationships, communicating and being sensitive to people’s needs.

You’ll need patience and be able to keep calm under pressure.

You might be starting out in your career, returning to work from having a family or caring for a relative, or simply looking for a new job.

To see what a career in care is like, take the interactive video challenge ‘A Question of Care: a Career for YOU’.  At the end you’ll receive a detailed personal profile that tells you if you’ve got what it takes to have a career in care.

A job you can fit around your lifestyle

It’s not your standard nine to five job and each day is different. It can be flexible to fit with your lifestyle as hours and locations vary. You can even choose to work close to where you live.

Jobs with a future

In Edinburgh there’s a huge range of organisations across the public, third and independent sectors which can offer you career opportunities.

You can also gain qualifications while doing the job, if you choose to and you don’t need to go to college.

You’ll need to get Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) membership, as this is essential for anyone working in care jobs. The company you work with will help you with this.