Top Ten Reasons to Apply for a Job in Social Care

If you’re looking for a rewarding career, why not find out about the available opportunities in social care jobs? The work is varied and it’s suitable for people of all ages, whether you’re just starting out on the career ladder or looking for a change.
Read on for the top ten reasons why social care could be the career path for you:
1. Skills from your former job can be easily transferred to social care due to the diverse career opportunities in the sector. For example, a graduate with a Masters degree in corporate management, who has worked in the private sector, could utilise transferable skills by joining the care sector as a chief executive.
2. According to Laura Anthony, the regional co-ordinator of training organisation Skills for Care, a career in social care offers opportunities for progression such as becoming a home manager, going into social work or counselling, or joining the housing and education sectors.
3. Social care jobs are very rewarding, as they involve helping people to enjoy a better quality of life. You can really make a difference and see those people you’re helping develop over a period of time with your support.
4. There’s plenty of on-the-job training and it’s up to you how far you progress. If you’re ambitious, anything’s achievable and you can diversify into the branch of social care which best suits you with ongoing training.
5. Each individual job features lots of different duties and responsibilities. For example, a team manager helping young people with physical and learning disabilities assists with education, employment, health and social aspects of their life skills, while liaising with health professionals, agencies and schools to create a balanced support system.
6. A social care job offers an attractive salary, ranging from around £18,000 per annum for personal assistants to £32,000 for a senior social worker, and £42,000 for an assistant service manager.
7. For unemployed people, there are a number of government initiatives aimed at helping people into a career in social care. Speak to an advisor at your local Job Centre Plus for information.
8. If you’re looking to complete a university degree in social work as a mature student who’s changing career, then a bursary may be available to help with the costs of your education. Even if you don’t have a qualification in social care, it’s still possible to work in the sector, as a good attitude and life experience can be just as valuable. Having qualifications enables you to take on a role with more responsibility.

9. People will always need care – it’s a recession-free industry. Unlike in many other sectors, there will always be employment in the care sector.

10. If you’re already a graduate aiming to retrain as a social worker, the Children’s Workforce Development Council is running the Step Up To Social Work recruitment scheme, offering graduates £15,000 for retraining as a social worker.


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Catch Up on Fall TV with Netflix!

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All my shows are starting up again! I’m so excited!!

Two of my favorites are now on Netflix– Gotham and The Walking Dead, so you can catch up before watching the new season.

GothamGOTHAM is an origin story of the great DC Comics Super-Villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. I love Gotham. Gotham is set before the first Batman movie came out. Bruce Wayne is only a young teenager and his parents were killed in Season One. Penguin is a main character in the show but not as I remember him in the movies. You also will see glimpses of the Riddler and the Joker. I enjoy watching the characters in the making.


The Walking DeadIn the wake of a zombie apocalypse, survivors hold on to the hope of humanity by banding together to wage a fight for their own survival. I am so in love with this story. I never watched it until last year. I watched Seasons 1-4 on Netflix then watched Season 5 live. This summer I watched it all over again getting ready for Season 6. The characters are what make this show a success!

Both of these shows are now on Netflix. Catch up and then watch them live.


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SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular 2015

If you want to have a fun filled day with your family, full of Halloween excitement, I highly recommend going to SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular event! This event is fun for all ages, but especially for the kiddos. There is so much to do and so much to see!

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I got to attend the Media opening day event on October 3rd with my husband and two children. My children were super excited about trick or treating and seeing all of the Halloween decorations that SeaWorld has.

Here is some information about the SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular: 


Children and adults alike will be immersed in an underwater “fantasea” filled with trick-or-treating, dancing sea creatures and pumpkin fish, where kids can also create sea-themed arts and crafts.




Trick or Treat – Kids can follow the special Halloween Spooktacular pathways through many different stations filled with a wide array of sweets and treats as fun loving sea creatures greet and mingle with guests. Hop aboard the Seven Seas Railway with Otto the Octopus and enjoy a whimsical train ride through Shamu’s Happy Harbor®.

Penelope’s Party Zone – Located in Bayside Stadium, Penelope’s Party Zone comes to life when families dance and play along to the spooky sound waves broadcast by a live DJ, listen to spooky stories and enjoy fun activities with countless bubbles floating overhead and colorful pumpkinfish gliding beside. Dine with Shamu® Spooktacular

Brunch – Enjoy a delicious menu of seasonal and sustainable items while sitting at a poolside table that brings you closer than ever to our majestic whales. Sesame Street’s Countdown to Halloween – Join Count von Count, Elmo, and everyone’s favorite friends from Sesame Street for the kookiest, funniest Halloween hullaballoo ever!


This event is set up in the back of the park at the Ports of Call entrance. The event starts at 12pm, so if you want to get to the park early to enjoy some rides and see the Shamu show before trick or treating, that is a great plan! The event also closes at 7pm and runs weekends in October (3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25, and 31) and is included with park admission. Costumes are not required but I do recommend wearing one!! Seeing all of the different costumes was so much fun.




I loved the different trick or treating candy stations. The signs are actually labeled with what kind of candy that specific station is giving out, which I think is a fabulous idea. So if your child doesn’t like Tootsie Rolls then you don’t have to waste time in that line!


The trick or treat trails are filled with colorful and friendly Halloween decorations. If your little one is scared of halloween ghosts and goblins, no worries!! Nothing scary at all. The trail is also filled with bubble blowing stations and I just love the fun music playing.




The event has “boardwalk” type games to play for prizes. Some of the cute prizes include a stuffed colorful skeleton and a stuffed bright orange pumpkin. They also have merchandise available, I love the bright orange SeaWorld Spooktacular tshirts! Over near Penelope’s Party Zone there are coloring activities and more fun games to play.




If you are hungry there are food stations set up, and also a kids cookie station!! For $7 your child gets an adorable Shamu souvenir bucket, frosting, candy toppings, milk or apple juice and of course a yummy freshly baked cookie. There are tables set up so the kids can decorate it right there, or they can take it to go.


This event is a ton of fun, and let me add that I LOVE that the event is included with admission price! I can’t wait to bring my children back next year!


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