Everyone has romantic ideas in our heads about what other people's jobs are like. We look to uncover the truth behind different jobs by asking the people working in them what life is really like working day-to-day in their chosen career.
Ever wondered whether life in the caring industry is for you? Then check out our interview with carer Samantha Jenkins...
Like what Sam has to say? Then check out our career guide to care assistant jobs for more info.
What do you do for a job?
I’m a personal assistant (carer) for my grandmother, who requires a lot of in-home care.
Childhood dream or something you just fell into?
I personally don’t have any qualifications, although most agencies encourage an NVQ in health and social care and this can greatly improve your chances of getting a foot in the door.
How did you get into your job?
I got into the job originally as my grandmother needed a carer and agency careers weren't providing satisfactory care for her. It went on from there.
What satisfaction do you gain from being a carer?
I honestly don't enjoy the day-to-day tasks of the job but I do gain a lot of satisfaction knowing that my nan is well cared for, and this is usually what carers gain from this career. You are making a difference to someone’s life.
What kind of person do you need to be to do well in this job?
You need patience, flexibility and lots of common sense – it's not rocket science!
If you could do any other job what would you choose and why?
I always wanted to be an interior designer.
If you had to offer one piece of advice to anyone looking to break into your industry, what would it be?
Only do this job if you want to make a difference, the main reward is that you're helping people. It is also good for anyone looking to fit a job around a family life and school hours. The money is poor and you are put under pressure by the agencies to take on more work than you have time to do, which can result in clients being short-changed. This isn’t an easy option, but it’s certainly a very worthwhile one.