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Working in the private sector can be tough at times. In some cases, there are high targets, competitive colleagues, and overly demanding management.  

To some, this sort of working environment can present an exciting challenge that will help them thrive. But to others, it can bring a great deal of discomfort.

Not everyone is cut out for the corporate world. The sight of dollar signs is not a motivating factor to everyone (believe it or not). And everyone knows, if you are doing a job where you’re not motivated or not interested, then it can affect you’re well being.

We spend a large proportion of our lives at work. So you must be in a job that you enjoy.

If money isn’t the main motivator, then it might be wise to consider changing your career. If you are someone who enjoys helping people and building genuine nurturing relationships, then you may want to consider a career in health and social care.

Now, health and social care is not for everyone. At times, it can be extremely challenging but the rewards, like job satisfaction and making a difference to an individual’s life, bring a great deal of fulfillment.

If you think health and social care is the definite option for you, then you might want to look out for the following 4 signs:

1. You’re Not Motivated by Money

As mention at the beginning of this article, not everyone is motivated by monetary returns. If you do work in sales, chances are, you are more interested in the other person’s well being. And you also want to build a genuine relationship.

So if you do work in sales, rather than rushing to make a sale or resorting to manipulating sales tactics, you would rather build a genuine relationship.

Customers would tend to appreciate this a bit more, though this more ‘natural’ method is a bit more time-consuming. To which, in some cases, will result in management querying why it takes you a long time to make the sale.

People who work in health and social care are not motivated by money at all. They’re only motivated by seeing the people that they care to overcome the challenges they face daily. And this leads me onto the next sign to look out for.

2. You Prefer Helping People

If you were to choose between a sales role or a customer service role, you would choose a customer service position. With customer service roles, you get the opportunity to speak to people and build a genuine relationship with them.

You get a chance to understand their concerns and be able to resolve them. But then again, you will come across some angry customers.

And they will get angry if you are not able to comply with their request for a refund with it not abiding by the company’s refund policy.

Saying that working in health and social care, you will encounter some very difficult patients. The only difference is, you are doing what you can to help people for their own good instead of preventing a private sector firm from losing money.

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3. You Care about Another Person’s Well-being

The private sector, depending on where you work, can be extremely ruthless at times. If a salesperson is continuously struggling to hit their target, then they could be at risk of losing their job.

There could be several reasons as to why a salesperson may be struggling to achieve their target, whether that may be down to personal circumstances or by encountering a string of extremely difficult clients. But unfortunately, these considerations are not taken into account. (Harsh, but true).

If you are working in a management position, then giving someone this bad news can be extremely difficult. You understand the other person’s point of view and sometimes, bad performance can happen as a result of misfortune.

In health and social care, the number one priority is ensuring the person (or people) that you are looking after, whether they are elderly, have a disability, an addiction, or a learning difficulty is taken care of.

Health and social care professionals do have certain protocols and procedures to abide by. This is to ensure patients are receiving the best possible care whilst maintaining the well-being of the health and social care worker.

4. You Like to be Emotionally Invested

Dealing with a daily grind and increasing pressures from senior management can make you emotionally resilient, and even thick-skinned. This can be a positive trait when it comes to working in the business world since tough decisions need to be made. You may have noticed some individuals in the private sector show no emotions at all.

For you, this might be an extremely difficult working environment, as you do see yourself as a people person who likes to share your emotions. Also, you’re not afraid to share your emotions.

Health and social care workers are emotionally invested individuals. They have to be. Dealing with difficult patients requires you to show genuine sympathy and listening to their concerns. These important life skills will help you to build a strong bond with your patients, and in turn, will help improve patient co-operation.

However, sometimes being too emotionally invested can have its downsides. If you see a patient going through a hard time, then it can be an extremely heartbreaking situation. But that’s what health and social care professionals go through daily.

Fortunately, measures have been put in place to ensure the emotional well-being of health and social care workers are in good check. In the UK, healthcare workers gather together at the end of their shift to share and reflect on their working day.

These post-shift reflection periods tend to last anywhere between 10 minutes to half-an-hour. This little window of time has proven to be very therapeutic for the workers trying to have a career in health and social care.

Thanks for reading, if you believe you have the following signs and the characteristics, then it might be worth considering a career to the health and social care sector. After all, there is only one way to find out.

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Mayur Mistry is a freelance copywriter and blogger from Manchester, UK. He regularly contributes for The Learning Station, an online training provider, where he writes about careers advice, study tips and industry related content, in particularly the construction sector and health and social care.

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