Experienced Social Worker looking to jump ship in the UK - ideas?
February 11, 2013 10:32 PM Subscribe
My husband is a very experienced social work manager specializing in elder care. We live in the UK and are moving to another part of the UK (Northern England) for my job. He'll be leaving the job he's held for over 10 years to come with me. He'd like to use this opportunity to change careers but isn't sure what he might be able to do in this economy. Details after the break.
posted by hazyjane to work & money (3 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Some more information about my husband:
- He's in his mid-forties
- He has a lot of social care and social work management experience but wants to leave the field because he's burned out from fighting all the cutbacks and needs to get out
- He has a law degree (but has not completed the legal practice part)
- He does a lot of work for his union including representing employees at tribunals
- He loves to write and is very good at it
He's not a very social person so anything with a sales component would be right out. He's applied to a number of jobs such as running a drop-in centre for the homeless, working as a trainee investigator for the IPCC, and even jobs in his field such as managing independent housing. Unfortunately he's been rejected without interviews and is getting discouraged.
What would really help us is - any ideas of types of work that might suit him where jobs might be obtainable? Any ideas about how helpful the job centre will be (neither of us has ever visited one before)? Anecdotes about job searching in this economy without getting too discouraged? Anecdotes about people who have left social work? Many thanks for any answers you can give us.