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    I am currently working as a carer for adults in their own homes but the job role over the last 2 years has changed a lot and I have found recently that I'm not getting the job satisfaction which I did when I started, well this has made me sit down and think what I what for my furture.

    I have helped out in my sons school with reading and on school trips which got me thinking about a role as a teaching assistant, I have asked the head if I could help out in the school on a regular basis and she has agreed which is great. (well who wouldn't say no to free help)
    I have looked at a few courses and I'm going to do a level 2 T.A course in the next few months. ( new year )

    I'm really looking forward to a fresh start over the next few years and hope after passing the courses I could get a paid job in a school.

    I am luck that I can do this while still doing my current job as I work evenings so my days are free.

    I've done NVQ 2 and 3 in adult social care so that will hopefully help me with some areas of the T.A courses.

    I'm so excited, I'm like a kid at Christmas.

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    It's a tough time in Adult social care right now that's for sure :( and it's definitely not the kind of job you should be in if your hearts not in it. Good luck with the new pathway though! I noticed in our area that after no adverts for TAs for months there are loads just gone out.















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    All the best!

    Sometime it great to have a career change!

    My hubby (clarkkent) is also going through a career change too




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    Quote Originally Posted by britchick, post: 263474
    It's a tough time in Adult social care right now that's for sure :( and it's definitely not the kind of job you should be in if your hearts not in it. Good luck with the new pathway though! I noticed in our area that after no adverts for TAs for months there are loads just gone out.
    Don't get me wrong I still love doing me job but I started the job to help people maintain a as much normal home life, but I find myself making cups of tea and making sandwich for people who can quite clearly do it for themselves.

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    best of luck laura. i hope it works out for the best. nothing worse than being in a job you no longer like.

    i used to be a carpenter and joiner and HAD to change careers, it was hard but i love working at the school, its the best job ive ever had :D
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    Quote Originally Posted by lozzy, post: 263480
    Don't get me wrong I still love doing me job but I started the job to help people maintain a as much normal home life, but I find myself making cups of tea and making sandwich for people who can quite clearly do it for themselves.

    Quite frustrating, I find people either want to be independent and will do everything in their power to do so or they don't and would have someone breathe for them if they could. I'm very lucky in our team that we have a fab OT who 'encourages' and reasons and 90% of the time those that can will Come and work with me Lozzy















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    Sounds good to me. :D

    My thought is that we spend most of our lives working, so it better be enjoyable and fulfilling.

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    That's exactly how I got into it. Started by going in to listen to children reading. Then I did bank cover for lunch supervision. Helped out on school trips. Basically got my face seen around school. Next thing I'm offered a temp job for 1 term. That was 3 years ago and I'm still there and I truly think I have the best job in the world.

    Oh and I'll be going down the NVQ route next year too.

    Good luck to you.

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    Ah Lozzy. Wish you were here. I need good aides (what we call carers). I need people who care about the elderly and are willing to help them help themselves.

    Had a phone call at home last night from an adult child who told me her Mom had called her crying. She'd asked her aide for assistance and the aide told her to do it herself. Nice, huh.

    Needless to say, I called the nurse on duty and told her to investigate. I'll look into it Monday.

    So, all that to say, I need people who are willing to do good work, not just be there to collect a check.






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    First off Lozzy, thank you for your service to the elderly. While not the same, my Mom and Dad were so comforted through their hospice care that I hold a great deal of admiration for care givers.

    Secondly, as a teacher myself, thank you for considering a change to work with our youth..wow the yin and yang.

    I know they can both be very trying, physically and emotionally. I am sure you will make the right choice for yourself.

    Cheers

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