Jane joined Corinium Care in October 2019 and hasn’t looked back since. Originally from Manchester, Jane is highly educated with a Bachelor of Education Honours Degree and a Master’s Degree in Education. After studying, Jane embarked on a 30-year career in teaching including a number of Head posts in several school settings, including special schools and inclusive settings. Around 20 years of her career were spent in Western Australia after taking part in a Commonwealth country swap for one year.
On returning to the UK Jane didn’t want the stress of working as a full-time teacher so she tried supply teaching and working as a teaching assistant but it wasn’t what she wanted. By chance Jane saw a job working with a young blind woman who needed support at college as well as some personal care. Jane thoroughly enjoyed the experience and decided her perfect role would be a carer. Jane had spoken to a friend that was working as a live-in carer for Corinium Care and after hearing about the work and the company she asked her friend to put her in touch.
Jane was a painter so wanted to find a job that provided her with the time to enable her to get back into her art as well as giving her more time to spend with family, particularly her grandchildren. Working as a live-in carer two weeks on and two weeks off provides her with the ideal work-life balance.
On her change of career Jane said:
“The changeover in career from teaching to care work has provided me with more flexibility in my life and has reduced the pressures I had in teaching. It’s a fantastic job and way of life.”
Jane said of her first live in care assignment:
“It was really challenging but I found it in incredible. The client I cared for was the first woman to gain a Chemistry Degree. My second assignment was for a Lord in the West Country; it was so interesting to see another way of life and he was such a lovely person. I feel each live-in assignment I have had has enabled me to personally grow and I have found it a rewarding experience. I have a great bond with the Care Manager. They have got to know me too and match my skills with clients as well as provide me with support when I need it.”