Jasmine has worked in the social care sector for over 20 years. Her career journey began when she did bank shifts for Rushcliffe Care Group whilst studying towards her A Levels. This experience inspired Jasmine to pursue a career in care. 20 years later, Jasmine is now an Assistant Director and dementia lead within Rushcliffe Care Group.
What made you choose to work in social care?
Honestly, I didn’t feel as if I did choose to work in social care. I was studying my AS levels and didn’t know which pathway I wanted to take. My mum suggested social care, so it started with doing some bank work. This work experience inspired me to look at cadet nursing programmes ran by a local university. By this time and I know it sounds like a cliché, but I feel like care had chosen me. I liked that I could make a positive impact on an individual’s life on a daily basis.
What skills did you have to go into social care?
I didn’t, my AS levels were in English language, sociology and German. So social care was a really different pathway to where my qualifications geared me. Social care is a sector that is more centred on having the right values and personality traits opposed to having the ‘right’ qualifications.
What were your first impressions of working in care?
I remember vividly my first bank shift, I was working with a gentleman who had recently had a stroke and was paralysed down one side of his body. I remember helping to support him to put on a top, I was worried that people would think I couldn’t do it or was doing it wrong. From day one until now I am constantly learning and one of the most important things is never giving in and seeing things that arise as challenges, not problems. Every day I feel like I have done something positive to impact on someone’s life, multiple times a day to multiple individuals.