Our Amazing Person of The Week is back! And this time we’re being cheeky and shining the spotlight on one of the Home Care Preferred family, our Care Manager Figen Karadogan.
You may remember back in January Figen won the Great British Care Awards London ‘Frontline Leader’ accolade. Of course, this is a fantastic achievement to be recognised at such a prestigious level – and is testament to her hard-work and kindness. She goes above and beyond on a daily basis and always has the interests of our clients at heart.
We pride ourselves on being an active part of a thriving community. Therefore we were delighted when Figen also received the ‘Champions of Our Community’ award recently by a local organisation. We are passionate about integrating into the local North London area by providing advice, and support – not just for individuals who need our care, but to the wider area through charity events – it even inspired our ‘one-stop-shop’ high-street presence. We really want to be at the heart of the area we serve; which makes this accolade all the more special.
We asked Figen how she found herself in a job role that to date has proven so successful:
“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! ”
Long may it last indeed! A massive congratulations Figen and thank you for all you do we’ve always known you are a champion in the community, and we’re delighted you’re now being recognised by others too.Tags: awards, community, Recruitment, team