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We’ve already given our advice re how to progress your locum social work career, but what if you prefer the stability of permanent employment? We speak to Stefan Garrett, Permanent Recruitment Team Manager who shares his advice for those working in permanent roles.

Is changing my role a complicated process?

No. If you’re currently in a permanent role, you will have a 1-3-month notice period. Prior to handing in your notice to your current employer, you will interview for your desired role, hopefully be offered the job on a conditional basis and subsequently work through your notice whilst the pre-employment checks are being cleared. Therefore, you don’t have to go through a period of unemployment, you maintain your continuous service, and everything is completed in a timely fashion.

What should I consider before I change my job role?

Social workers need to understand their motives for wanting to change job roles before committing to do so. Take the time to think about why you want to change service area and what are the pros and cons? In the first instance, any social worker looking to change the service area that they’re working in should try to attend any relevant exhibition, benefit from training opportunities and understand the direction of your prospective employer.

What types of jobs are permanent social workers moving towards?

Those in permanent roles tend to prefer teams away from the frontline (child protection) and seem to be gradually moving towards fostering and permanency jobs and I think this will continue throughout the year. Many social workers that have found a permanent job through our division are motivated to progress, broaden their practice and learn different systems.

How do I know if a permanent role is right for me?

Being permanently employed, you will be able to take advantage of in-house training opportunities in addition to monitoring and supervision that assists with focused career progression. Permanent workers also value the stability, how close they work to home, lower caseloads and job opportunities that are not as ‘full-throttle’ in the frontline.

Are you looking for a new role?

If you’re looking for a new challenge this year, then why not take a look at the wide range of permanent social work vacancies currently available? We have a range of opportunities available whatever your experience. If you’d like to find out more, just give us a call!
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