We’re an eclectic bunch at Home Care Preferred, while some have been in the care sector most of their professional lives many of our team members have a varied background, and some incredible stories to tell on how they found their way to care.
To mark National Storytelling Week we have rounded up some of our journeys into the care sector!
Sue Gray – Support Assistant
“The reason I became a care was a result of the loss of my husband two years ago. I was his soul carer, he was disabled, and I cared for him 24 hours a day – I miss him everyday. A friend told me I should become a carer, I was not sure at first but now I love my job as a Support Assistant at Home Care Preferred. Becoming a Support Assistant is the best move I have ever made.”
Figen Karadogan – Care Manager
“I graduated with a B.A in International Hotel Management and moved to Japan for almost 2 years working in a 5 star hotel reception, restaurant and the in the Executive Area with the hotel’s VIP guests. I was on leave in the UK for 1 month when the devastating tsunami hit. I was denied entry back into Japan for obvious reasons as I was living in the Fukushima are that was worst hit by the disaster.
I then started working as a chef and quickly became the sous chef. I then moved on to become a dessert chef – which was not my strongest point. After roughly 3 years as a chef I assisted my Sister with starting up a print company. This gave me great insight into the struggles of starting up a company, but also sense of great achievement you feel when you succeed.
The print industry is not an area I have great interest in, so once the company was set up I came across a job advert for a driver/carer. I applied for the job and was signed up to training. I confess I did think it was a driving job as the ad wasn’t very clear, but I was happy to give it a go and as they say, the rest is history.
The care sector gives me a great sense of accomplishment that the catering sector did not. I have now been in the industry going on 5 years, and long may it last! ”