My Journey to Becoming a Support Worker by Gary Joiner
You often see people unsure of their career path when they leave school. It can be daunting choosing the path you want to follow for the rest of your working life.
Well, for me, I finally found what I truly enjoy doing at the age of 60, and that was becoming a Support Worker.
My journey began when I visited the Aston Villa Jobs Fair last year to find out what job opportunities were out there and to help me to decide what I might like to do next.
My life circumstances had changed at home, and I needed something to occupy my mind that I would enjoy. However, I understood it might be challenging to find the right opportunity.
I have spent most of my working life in the travel industry. I have also worked in a Bank, a Job Centre, and as a Civil Enforcement Officer, so I had a lot of transferrable skills, but I didn’t know what the next move I wanted to take.
As I browsed companies and vacancies at the Jobs Fair, I got into a conversation with a lovely lady from Lisieux Trust. She asked if I had considered being a Support Worker. In all honesty, I wasn’t even sure what a Support Worker was. I asked questions and the role was clearly explained to me.
I was handed a job description and an application pack which I could fill out and return if I wanted to be considered for the role.
I quickly realised I liked the idea of the job. It was something completely new to me and I got a positive impression of both the role and the company.
What did I feel I could offer? Firstly, I like people. I would consider myself a people person. I also naturally like helping and supporting others where I can, and I believe I am a good communicator. Having read the job description, I felt those were some of the key attributes required.
If I completed the application process this seemed like a positive step to take. The company offers lots of ongoing training from induction. As well as being able to work alongside experienced colleagues who are friendly and supportive in helping you gain the experience required.
Enthusiasm for doing the job was the only other thing I needed, which I knew I had already, and the rest quickly fell into place.
Twelve months on from joining Lisieux Trust. I’ve gained so much knowledge and experience and love every minute of every day. We all work together as a team in our house and support each other with what needs to be done. Everyone is an equal and we are passionate about supporting our tenants and residents.
No two days are ever the same. We support tenants and residents to make their own choices and to live as independently as possible. One day we may be out on the town, at the cinema, or supporting with the domestic tasks at home. Every day brings something different.
Helping others has become the most rewarding thing I feel I can do. Long may it continue and thank you Lisieux Trust for giving me this life-changing opportunity.
Want to learn more about a career with Lisieux Trust?
With care homes and supported living schemes across Northeast Birmingham – including Sutton Coldfield, we provide a place for adults with a learning disability or autism to live, learn, and laugh together.
Discover more about a career with Lisieux Trust at https://www.lisieuxtrust.org.uk/work-for-us/