Career and Education

It can be easy to get swept away in your caring role and put your own life on hold. It is so important for your health and wellbeing that you live a life that is enjoyable and meaningful, whatever that may look like to you.

Every person is unique, every carer is unique. Whether your life’s purpose comes from your caring role alone, by pursuing your own hobbies and interests outside of caring, or by progressing in studying or a career, we want to support your choices.

Balancing caring and your career…

At times it may seem that the words ‘Carer”, and ‘Career’ don’t go together very well! But we promise, there is help available to pursue your goals, if you know where to look.

Having a career can be part of a healthy balance for carers who might otherwise stay at home full time. Getting out of the house, and socialising with people at work can be a big part of maintaining your wellbeing. But it can also add stress to your situation. Maintaining a job or taking the steps to change careers is a personal choice that may or may not feel right for you at different stages in your caring role.

When the call came in to say mum had had another emergency episode…I rushed to her bedside, but in the back of my mind I knew that I had responsibilities and commitments in the workplace and a contract of employment to adhere to.” Nicki Haywood (English Tutor)

An online poll by Carers UK found that over two million people have given up work to care for a loved one. When it comes down to it, many carers feel forced to give up work by their caring roles. While giving up your career may be right for you, for some people it can lead to financial difficulties and can make it hard to maintain your own wellbeing.

Juggling caring and career is a daunting task, but you need not struggle alone. There are many employment schemes and rights in place that are specifically to support people like you, whether you want to continue down the same line of work, need to cut back on your working hours, or branching out into something completely new. This support can come in the form of flexible working hours, time off for you in emergencies, and even additional annual leave, depending on your employer.

Carers Club have put it all in one place for you, including details of your rights in employment and advice on getting back into work.

If you’re struggling financially…

If you do have to cut back on your working hours to care for someone, you may find yourself struggling to stay on top of things financially. If you are feeling the pressure, do check out our Advice section for all things financial, including benefits, carer’s allowance, housing and health care costs. For help on how to make your money go further, have a look at Carer’s UK Guide to budgeting and cashback. They also have some cracking videos to help get your head around what all that money-talk is about!

If you’re thinking about going to college or uni…

Starting a new course or going to university can feel exciting and scary for carers and non-carers alike. Making the move to take your education further is a big decision for anyone, so it is natural to have feelings of doubt, nervousness, or anxiety…and excitement! Our friends over at Carer’s Club have got some pretty useful information to make that decision easier for you, and helpfully they also outline the support you can get whilst you are studying.

Whatever it is that you choose to do, whether it is full time caring, part time or full time work, or taking up further study, there is the support for you out there to help you make your decision with confidence and certainty.