A new career in care was a challenge ex-printer John must regret taking on

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Like other apprentice-trained workers, John Broadhurst could have expected to spend his entire career in the printing industry for which he worked hard.

But health complications forced him to look elsewhere at an age when some would consider retirement and he managed the start of a second career in care with North Yorkshire.

John, 57, has only been in the role of the North Dales rehabilitation team for a few months – which provides short-term assistance to those who need help with a range of issues – but has already have the qualifications and experience to enable him to work alone.

In the next 12 months, he also hopes to earn a degree in adult health and social care.

“The learning is vast but it is rewarding” – John Broadhurst

Support from colleagues and managers In his team was an important asset in understanding his new career.

Decades after completing his apprenticeship in printing, he acknowledges there has been a lot to learn in his new job.

But he has found the challenges rewarding and relishes the opportunity to work with new people.

In reality, his caring career could have started earlier, because although he saw the advertisements and found the prospect appealing, he assumed he might be too old to be considered.

The opposite was true and when he applied, it won him an interview. Shortly after completing what he described as “one of the hardest hours of my life”, he received a callback with an offer – and the personal compliment that he had to fit in well. team of supportive colleagues.

“The learning is broad but rewarding and I’m well advanced in my degree studies and getting good feedback on it,” he said.

“The team and my manager are all helpful and my confidence in the role has only gone up.

“A lot of hard things have already been done,” he said.

This means they now have the skills, experience and confidence to work unsupervised, with the opportunity to gain qualifications to further their professional development.

Age has not proven to be a barrier to transitioning into the care sector with the county council, proving that life experience, coupled with a willingness to learn and enthusiasm to help people in need, can be a satisfying combination for a career change.

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