Transfer Your Skills to a Successful Role in Substance Misuse and/or Social Care

Thinking of a change in career? Many of the people coming to work in the Substance Misuse and/or Social Care sector do so as a second or third career. Even though you may not have previous experience in the Substance Misuse and/or Social Care fields you’re looking to enter, you are highly likely to have many of the skills that could help you to be successful. Examples of skills that would transfer well into the Substance Misuse and/or Social Care sector include:
• Communication skills – Most Substance Misuse and/or Social Care roles require a lot of interaction with people, including those who are dependent upon substances, unwell, upset and experiencing distress. Someone working in the must be a “people person,” have a lot of empathy and be good at communicating with people;

• Dealing with difficult and demanding situations – Working in Substance Misuse and/or Social Care can also be difficult, and it is important that you are good at dealing with your own emotions, feelings and stress levels as well as also helping others to deal with the difficulties and demands they are experiencing;

• Attention to detail – Paperwork is a big part of most Substance Misuse and Social Care roles. Successful employees bring an ability in terms of attention to detail to their roles, thus, ensuring accurate recording, reporting and care planning, which, in turn, enables the provision of coordinated and outcomes focussed care.
Owing to expansion, Signpost Recovery is currently recruiting for a number of roles within our organisation. Please see http://signpostrecovery.org.uk/jobs-at-signpost/ for details. However, having successfully hosted a number of student placements and having supported a number of trainee placements in the past, we have also made provision for a number of entry level traineeships for people who are interested in working in Substance Misuse and/or Social Care but have found that a lack of experience in these fields a barrier to changing career. Signpost Recovery would be interested in meeting people with work experience in other fields, but where the potential candidate can demonstrate that the skills are transferrable. However, the most important qualities are an interest in people and an understanding of what difficulties they may be facing.
As part of this recruitment, Signpost Recovery are offering fast track training for successful candidates in a range of qualifications eg Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
If you’ve never worked in the sector before and are looking for a change of career, Signpost Recovery are hosting our own ‘Recruitment Fayre on
Monday 17th December 2018 1100hrs – 1400hrs
Venue: Units 1 & 2, Block 7, Cooperage Business Village, Cooperage way, Alloa, FK10 3LP

This event will provide prospective candidates and/or those considering a change in career with a good opportunity to understand in more detail what our work involves.
Please call 01259 272112 for booking and attendance information.