Returning to the caring profession after a hiatus can be exciting. You will want to make sure that you are ready to return to work. However, nothing stays the same, even during short absences, which is why preparation can help you get ahead.
Research New Legislation
There is much legislation that governs the work carried out by care workers, ranging from confidentiality, how to document injuries and incidents, to food hygiene. It is your responsibility to research new legislation and to find out as much as you can about any changes during your break from care work.
Do Your Qualifications Need to Be Updated?
Entry level positions allow first-time care workers the opportunity to work their way up the ladder and to learn on the job. But if you have already gained relevant qualifications in your field, these can stand you in good stead as you press forward. As you prepare to return to the caring profession, check to see if your skills and qualifications need to be updated.
It is also worthwhile checking with your employer to see if refresher courses and certificate programmes are offered, or if you have to wait to go on a course. These can help refresh your qualifications and boost your confidence as you return to caring.
Care workers need to be in good physical condition in order to successfully carry out their duties, especially as so many positions involve long hours on their feet, lifting loads and taking care of other physically taxing jobs and responsibilities. If you are no longer in the trim shape you were once in when you worked as a carer, now is the time to get fit!
Gradually increase your daily exercise level and keep up the pace so that you will be in better shape when you return to the caring profession.
Once your mind has been made up to return to the caring profession, you should do all you can to mentally and physically prepare for work. Start off by researching new legislation so that you are aware of how the law has changed since you have been gone. You should also check to see if your qualifications need to be updated. On-the-job training can help you get back up to speed if your qualifications are a little out of date. Finally, do not forget to prepare physically for the job that lies ahead.
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