Every summer, I’ve had a holiday that I could look forward to. However, this summer I’m dedicating it to spending about a month in a nursing home working as a support worker. I’ve been doing this job since I turned 18 and recently I moved to work in a different home.
So far, I’m really enjoying working there. It’s specialised in caring for elderly people with mental health problems ranging from dementia to personality disorders. I’ve already met some wonderful characters and the staff are lovely & always willing to help.
I’ve realised that I haven’t talked much about how to make the process of getting into medicine a bit easier on my blog which is pretty bad considering that was one of the main reasons for me starting this blog. Seeing as I’m not up to anything extremely exciting this summer, I’m planning on writing a couple of posts on what you can do to make yourself stand out from the thousands of other students who apply to medicine.
Working as a care assistant in either a care home or a hospital is a great starting point. Not only do you earn money but you can also get some valuable experience in the field of health care. What’s even better is the fact that care homes across the country are desperate for care assistants to work for them so it will be really easy to find somewhere to work.
If you do decide to work as a care assistant, it’s important to be aware of a couple of things: It’s tough! Even though the work is very rewarding, there are times where it can take a toll on you both physically and mentally. There have been times where I had to stop myself from getting emotional when speaking to some residents who were telling me about their life before “being abandoned” in the home. The pay isn’t great…not that money defines what you do in life but sometimes it’s nice to know that the hard work that you put into caring is being rewarded so that you can treat yourself or save up some money.