Before joining Autism Wessex in his current role as Support Worker, 28 year old Josh Gittins spent more than 10 years working in a high pressure banking role.
He latterly analysed trade negotiations as an Interest Rates Derivatives Analyst.
“Going from a high pressure Investment Banking role into Social Care has made me so much happier. I feel like a new person.”
“I started my career at Barclays International and moved to JP Morgan but it soon became clear to me this was not something I wanted to do with my life. There is more to life than money and I wanted to do something rewarding. I guess it was volunteering which ultimately led me to make such a big career change.”
Born in Boscombe and remaining local all his life, now living in Southbourne, Josh observed his grandparents’ work running a Disabled Sports Forum which gave adults with various degrees of disability the opportunity to enjoy swimming, fishing and kayaking. “I often volunteered, so social care has always been a part of my life and of interest to me,” continues Josh.
“I used to work so many hours for such little reward. I was stressed, anxious and unhappy. It took me a while to do something about it and now I only wish I had done it sooner. I have transformed my life and feel so much happier as a result. I am confident that I am now doing exactly what I am supposed to be doing and in the process changing other people’s worlds for the better too.
I now work as a Support Worker for Autism Wessex at one of their residential properties. I support four young adults, promoting independence for our residents. Daily tasks include supported cooking, outings, personal care and goal achievement. The main skills required for the role are patience, common sense and a kind and caring nature. I am rewarded every day by the people I care for and I couldn’t be happier.”
As his first role in social care, Autism Wessex has provided Josh with professional training with Josh currently working towards his Foundation in Autism qualification.
“We recognise that a lot of social care work comes down to individuals having the right transferable skills and being the right type of person. Common sense and a kind and caring nature are paramount for a career in social care.
We can provide the professional training from there and take you from wherever you find yourself today, to where you want to be; in a worthwhile and rewarding career. We are currently looking to recruit for a number of roles and would love to hear from you.”
Autism Wessex’ Community Support Service is looking to recruit up to thirty individuals having recently won a contract from Dorset County Council to take on a new project. Working in conjunction with a property investment company, Henley Healthcare Investment, the Community Support Service will project manage the provision of housing for four people with learning difficulties. To discuss these opportunities please contact the HR team on 01202 703558.
“I am so much happier in my new lifestyle. I feel like a new person. The flexibility of shift work is something I find helpful, rather than working 9-5 Monday to Friday. Going from a high pressure investment banking role into social care has reduced my work stress and pressure greatly and made me so much happier.
I have found my place in the world, and it just so happens that it’s helping others to find their own way in the world we live in today. This is far more than just a job, it’s my vocation.”