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One in 13 people in Scotland work in social services. Every day they make a difference to people’s lives.
With opportunities to gain new skills, qualifications and personal fulfilment a job in social services could make a difference to your life too.
It really is #LifeChangingWork
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What’s it really like to work in social services? Find out from current social service professionals in our career stories.
Find more career stories in each of the three pathways below.
Social services and healthcare
My words of advice for someone who wants a career like mine? Do some voluntary work in the field you are interested in. This will help you see if it’s definitely what you want to do. I’m glad I did my social work training but you can have a great career in social care without it as there are so many other courses available (SVQs and HNCs for example).Margaret Butler Substance misuse recovery worker
Learning about social services is a good way to show your committment to employers.
If you want to store your learning and share it with others, including new employers, try using MyLearning. It's a free, smartphone-based app provided by the SSSC.
MyLearning is also used by social service workers to record continuous professional learning.