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Mark Pearson

Core Training Manager

Mark was encouraged to work in the sector by a friend after losing interest in his role as a baker. He quickly progressed from support work to training new staff and has recently completed his diploma in care to provide more direct support to adults who have learning disabilities and mental health issues.

Q&A with Mark

What is the most rewarding aspect of the job?

One of my favourite things to teach is First Aid. People will often come up to me to say they’ve had to put the life-saving skills into practice, and I feel a great sense of accomplishment from that.

What misconceptions do people have about the sector?

People think this line of work is a lot of personal care and challenging behaviour, but the rewards far outweigh the difficulties. I always come back to a thought that I should have done this a lot earlier.

What opportunities are there in social care?

I became house manager within the first two years on the job, so if you want to progress then there are plenty of options. But people will always need support workers.

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