A life-changing career move

“I switched from my career in hospitality to become a live-in carer during the Coronavirus pandemic!”

Our wonderful carer, Gintare Butkute, was interviewed by The Times after making the life-changing career transition from working in hospitality to becoming a live-in carer for us. Read Gintare’s story below…

I had been working in the hospitality industry for nine years and was based in London when the Coronavirus pandemic struck. Unfortunately, on 17 March 2020 I was furloughed from my job, so returned home to Lithuania and cared for my grandma, who was unwell.

In July, I returned to work on a part-time basis – working for two weeks and then on furlough for two weeks, but soon realised that I was not happy doing the job anymore. The pandemic had given me time to think about my future, and so I began to consider a career change that not only fulfilled me, but gave me stability. After caring for my grandma in Lithuania, I decided that caring is where I could excel as I enjoy looking after people, and as challenging as it can be, it feels good to be able to give something back. People will always need caring for.

I searched online for live-in carer positions, where I could live with the client 24/7 and care for all their needs, both mental and physical, but I knew that I would need to train and attain qualifications before doing so. I came across Consultus Care & Nursing who offered me all the training necessary for the role. I was able to complete this during the two-week window that I was on furlough from my hospitality job.

By the end of September 2020, Consultus Care & Nursing placed me into my first booking, and I’ve since completed six placements. My most memorable was over the festive season when I was booked to care for a couple for 12 days, but ended up staying for nine weeks. I shared Christmas Day and New Year’s Day with them; they were amazing and made me feel like a part of their family. That is one of the best parts of the job.

The Coronavirus pandemic certainly accelerated my career switch and being on furlough from my hospitality job gave me the opportunity and time to train for my new career in care. I’m thrilled that I made the switch and I have no regrets. While it is an unusual job for a young person, since you are committed to living 24/7 with clients for lengthy periods of time, it’s certainly rewarding and gives a lot of flexibility to do other things in between bookings. I can choose how much time I’d like to take off and I’m in a better financial position than I was working in the hospitality industry.

Gintare, you’re an inspiration and we are lucky to have you!

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