Careers for carers

Finding a job or staying in a role you are already in when you are a carer is not always easy.

Whether you need help finding a job, need support in the position you already have or want to take your career to the next level with training and education, there are organisations that can help you.

Career development, training and learning

From taking short evening courses to studying for a degree, learning something new is a great way for carers to take their careers to the next level.

If you are in work, having a chat with your employer about what opportunities they can help with is a good place to start. Many companies have schemes in place to help their staff develop within their organisation for example.

If you are continuing your role as a carer and want to combine it with work, discussing your options with Carers Trust Solihull is a sensible place to start. You should also consider what:

  • new skills you want to learn
  • existing skills you want to develop
  • place of learning you want to attend (university, adult education centre, college etc)
  • length of time you want to commit to
  • your goals and ambitions are

It is important to note that your carer benefits may be affected if you do enter education, so it is important to get the right advice.

Finding a job when you are a carer

As a carer you already have many skills that are useful to companies for example, such as:

  • organisation
  • responsibility
  • being a team player

You may also have more specialist skills, such as:

  • managing money
  • setting budgets
  • making complex arrangements

To put these skills into action you can get help finding employment by:

Getting support at work if you are a carer

If you tell your employer you are a carer there are certain rights, known as statutory rights, your employer must follow, including:

  • considering your right to request flexible working after 26 weeks of employment (such as changing your hours or working from home)
  • allowing you to take emergency leave (to deal with care arrangements breaking down for example)
  • allowing you to take parental leave (if you have one year's continuous service and are responsible for a child five years old or under (or under eighteen if receiving Disability Living Allowance)

Further information on the support at work carers are entitled to and how to get help at work is available from the Carers UK website.

Support for employers of carers

If you would like to find out more about the role and rights of carers and how they can be supported you can take part in the Carer Aware online course.