During past the year, our ability to adapt was pushed to the limit. The pandemic has changed the landscape of employment beyond recognition, forcing many people to rethink their career ambitions and take a leap of faith into an entirely new sector.
In early 2020, 27-year-old Accounts Payable Manager Juliet found herself unemployed due to personal circumstances. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, finding a new job seemed almost impossible and Juliet, like so many, was faced with a future full of uncertainty. There she made her boldest decision yet; to take her career in a completely new direction and become a Support Worker at MacIntyre.
Over four months into her new role, Juliet shares why she hasn't looked back since.
Why did you decide to try working in care?
"Members of my family are nurses or care workers and have been encouraging me to join the sector since I first started working 10 years ago. My work experience in the past was so varied. I'd managed coffee shops, baked and worked in offices, so my skills and experience seemed entirely different.
Whilst I was unemployed, I revaluated my skills and realised I enjoyed caring for others, as I had devoted a lot of my spare time to my family throughout the years. When I realised that the skills I would need for this job came naturally to me, I thought it was time to try something new."
Juliet successfully applied for a job at MacIntyre as a Support Worker and now supports Tony, who has a learning disability, to live a life that makes sense to him.