“Ask Raj” and take the first steps into a career in care

Raj Sahota

Job seekers in Oxfordshire are being supported into a career in care with the help of a dedicated employment support specialist to help guide the way.

The latest statistics show there are more than two thousand unfilled posts in the region’s adult social care sector. Raj Sahota works for Oxfordshire County Council and aims to reduce these vacancies by offering free, one to one, independent support for people considering a career in care.

Raj said: “Working in adult social care is so flexible and varied. There’s a job and career out there for everyone but it can sometimes seem difficult to pinpoint exactly what that is.”

“That’s where I come in. People can contact me, ask me any questions, and I can support them to find their ideal role.”

Oxfordshire County Council is working in partnership with Oxfordshire Association of Care Providers to showcase the variety of roles on offer through the joint Proud to Care Oxfordshire website.

As well as a job search tool, the resource includes an email support service for potential applicants, which Raj manages, helping to match people to available positions and support them through the application process.

Raj said: “We’re really trying to highlight the variety of fantastic career and job opportunities that are available within adult social care. It’s not all about personal care. There are jobs available in kitchens and maintenance, as well as administrative roles.”

“I can help by answering any questions as well as offering tailored support, including reworking CVs and giving advice on interview techniques.”

Over the coming weeks, Oxfordshire County Council will be releasing several “Ask Raj” videos on social media, sharing his hints and tips about ways into the care industry, as well as answering the frequently asked questions he receives, including: Do I need any qualifications? Do I need a car? And what qualities do I need for a career in care?

Councillor Tim Bearder, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “We have an aging population with increasingly complex health and care needs and we need a talented workforce to help support people, across a variety of roles.

“Raj offers a unique service, helping people who are just starting out in their careers in care and I would urge anyone considering joining the sector to get in touch with him to find out more.”

Raj can be contacted by email on p2capplicant.support@oxfordshire.gov.uk, after which, a follow up conversation can be arranged.

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