PA Pool offers members the opportunity to interactively manage their own private care recruitment or employment.
As a PA you work directly with one or more individuals to assist them with various aspects of their daily life. This could mean supporting them in their own home, in the community, at work or for leisure pursuits. You can work live-in, which means you stay in the client's home for the duration of your shift or live-out which entails going to clients' homes for a few hours at a time. Working as a PA can be a very rewarding career with lots of opportunities to learn different skills and experience new things. You could even work as a PA short term whilst studying, saving to buy a house or even as a stepping-stone towards another job in Social Care.
"I've met and worked for some incredible people through PA Pool, had some wonderful experiences, some extremely challenging ones, shared a lot of laughter and I learned so much over the years. - AL"
So, what qualifications do you need to become a PA? Qualifications, previous experience, and training are always useful, and some clients will require this if they have specialist needs. However, there are some clients who prefer someone who is completely new to the role, so there are also opportunities for PAs without any relevant qualifications or experience. Every client has different needs, so on-the-job training is usually given either prior to commencement of a job, or by shadowing an existing PA. There are however some essential personal qualities you need to be a PA. These are a caring and empathetic nature, you need to be honest and reliable, adaptable, be willing to listen and learn and have good communication skills. It's also important that you and your client match on a personal level, this will ensure you can both build a happy and lasting working relationship.
"I'm working with a guy I met on your website in 2012, we've travelled round Asia for 2 months and done loads of European travel also. We've shared a great deal of our lives with each other and will be friends for life and it all started with PA Pool :-) - alanoshea"
Becoming a PA has many rewards, but it's not a job you can take lightly, you need to be 100% committed to your work. As clients employ you directly, they will be totally reliant on the support you provide, there's no automatic provision of back-up as with an agency, so it's imperative you work the shifts you've agreed. If for any reason you are unable to turn up to work, then you will need to inform your client as soon as possible to ensure they can arrange alternative cover.
A friend told me about PA Pool and it was the info and video on the website homepage that made me realise being a PA was for me. I love my caring work but knew I wanted something more, so I was meant to find PA Pool!