Careers in Adult Social Care

Working in adult social care is a way to make a real difference to the lives of adults from different backgrounds who need support. It’s a hugely rewarding job that can offer real career progression.

If you’re someone who’s kind and patient, and treats others with dignity and respect then adult social care could be the perfect career choice for you.

You don’t need any specific qualifications to start your career in adult social care. Far more important are the right attitude and attributes, like patience, respect and teamwork.

These transferable skills that are vital to employers across all industries, are vital in adult social care. There is often scope for employers to invest in training and development for  those who demonstrate them.

Care at home

Adult care roles can involve supporting people in their own homes to live a more independent life. This could include people with learning difficulties, mental health conditions, sensory or physical disabilities. You’ll be helping individuals with taking medication, eating meals, support for personal care and more.

Midlothian Council works with three contracted providers to fill positions in the at-home care sector, who regularly advertise for new staff. Click on the links below to find out about positions available now.

Midlothian council also employs people through its Care At Home Service. Jobs are advertised through

Residential care

It is also possible to specialise in supporting people living in care homes. People in care homes may have complex needs or conditions like dementia or be experiencing crisis and require the extra support that living in a care home provides. You’ll need to be creative and dedicated, to ensure people have the best life possible, including helping them keep in contact with the people who are important to them.

Residential care jobs are also advertised through

Browse our directory of care homes in Midlothian.

For more information about a career in adult social care, including downloadable guides, carer stories and tips on next steps, visit