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Many carers are also in paid work. Perhaps you are ready for a new challenge or you may want to get back to work if your caring role has changed or ended. 

It is easy to lose your confidence when you are out of the work environment for some time. You may feel your skills are out of date (for instance you may need to acquire or update computer skills), or that the lack of a recent work record will hinder any applications you make. But remember that caring helps you develop a lot of skills that employers will really value and look for.

Find your local services as they may be able to help you look for work or training. Some centres have special support and groups for carers looking for work.

Find help here about applying for a job, gaining experience and advice about interviews

Jobcentre Plus may also be able to help if you tell them that you are a carer.

Where else to find information about getting into work

  • The National Careers Service offers useful information to help you make decisions on what jobs you might enjoy and gives advice on how to get the job you want. To speak to one of its careers advisers you can free phone 0800 100 900.  As well as giving you advice over the phone they can direct you to  local careers advisers where you can have a face-to-face appointment. You can also contact an adviser via their live webchat tool, email or post, or ask them to phone you at a time that is good for you. Find out more in our Getting into work - a guide for young adult carers.
  • NHS Choices has information about finding work after caring
  • The website has general advice about finding a job.

Next update due: June 2017