Your career in social services

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One in 13 people in Scotland work in social services. Every day they make a difference to people’s lives.

With opportunities to gain new skills, qualifications and personal fulfilment a job in social services could make a difference to your life too.

It really is #LifeChangingWork

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What’s it really like to work in social services? Find out from current social service professionals in our career stories.

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My words of advice for someone who wants a career like mine? Do some voluntary work in the field you are interested in. This will help you see if it’s definitely what you want to do. I’m glad I did my social work training but you can have a great career in social care without it as there are so many other courses available (SVQs and HNCs for example).

Margaret Butler Substance misuse recovery worker