My career journey - Mable Joloza
At Runwood Homes, we are always looking for people to join our high quality teams. We care about our staff, and invest in providing opportunities for advancement, as well as a friendly, rewarding, working environment. We would like to share Mable’s story and her journey as a Home Manager at Bramwell care home.
Why did you join the social care sector?
I joined the social care sector as a student looking for pocket money back in 2001. My first job was in a nursing home and the minute I started caring for the residents, I knew this was what I wanted to do in my life. I joined Bramwell care home in September 2003 as a Bank Care Assistant, I enjoyed the company of the residents and as I was living in student accommodation, Bramwell and the residents of Bramwell became my family and I have been working there since then. I completed my studies and joined as a full-time staff member.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
My job is fulfilling and rewarding. Helping people has always been my passion, working with vulnerable people and making them smile is the most rewarding thing I have ever received.
Tell us a bit more about career journey at Runwood Homes?
My career journey with Runwood Homes has been exciting, when I joined Bramwell care home as a young student, I did not think that 20 years later, I would still be working at Bramwell. Joining as a Care Assistant working my way up the ladder to the position of Home Manager is a journey to remember and it has helped me to become the person I am today. The support and trust I got from the Runwood Directors and (Gordon and Sarah) gave me the courage to do the job. The incredible team I have, and the lovely residents have been my strong pillars and I am enjoying my journey.
Who is your social care hero and why?
My social care hero is Norah Dube. Norah has worked at Bramwell as a Care Assistant for over 20 years. When I started as a young student she gave me a very good induction, and up to now Norah is still giving new employees inductions; whoever she gives an induction to they turn into good carers.
What makes a great care worker?
To be a great care worker, you need to have patience, empathy, be loving, good communication and a good listener.
What do you do when life gets a bit too much?
When things get a bit too much, I tend to focus on the positive side of it, I try not to panic or stress, but think how we can get things back on track. I also talk to my supervisors to learn from them as ‘a problem shared is a problem halved.’
What advice would you give to your younger self?
To work hard and never give up, believe in yourself and other people will believe in you and to be honest all the time.
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