Jayne says: “I love being able to make a difference in people’s lives and working at the council helps me go that”
“I Love my job” well most days. We all have those days sometimes😊.
What does your typical day look like? Its all about balance and my job gives me that. My days are so different, but emails are my first job every day. This does tend to take up a good hour first thing and these do tend to sometimes dictate my day if they need an urgent response.
I usually book two weeks’ worth of meeting/appointments in advance, so I have a good idea how my day is going to go. I’m lucky I can work flexibly; I usually work from home three day and office two.
What is your role? As a social worker with adults with learning disabilities I’m responsible for my cases and this can be a little scary sometimes, but I love the diversity of the people I work with and support. No two days are the same. But it involves the privilege of getting a glimpse into people’s lives and hopefully helping then to achieve their goals. Unfortunately, it also involves seeing them at their worst and in need of help as well as addressing abuse and discrimination that people with learning disabilities can sometimes encounter.
What is the best part of your job? Is knowing I’ve changed someone life for the better.
I couldn’t imagine doing anything else, this is it for me well until I retire.
What is the worst part of your job? There is a lot of paperwork, such as writing assessment/support plans and capacity assessment but having my team around me give me time to talk and gain some good advice if I need it, I’m never alone even at home.
What advice would you give someone considering a career in social work? Know yourself, know when to ask for advice, we aren’t miracle workers, do your best and park it at the door when you go home. Balance is the key to longevity in social work.