In the personal care and support services sector there are just as many employment prospects as there are human needs.
The industry includes all trades relating to hairdressing, electrolysis, beauty care, cosmetics, body and skin care, massage therapy and fitness, as well as those associated with tatooing and piercing. For professionals in these trades, understanding their clients’ needs is an essential quality for maintaining a competitive advantage as well as mastering core skills. Success depends on their professionalism and, more importantly, on their ability to keep up with the latest trends and adjust to change. Most personal care workers are self-employed but they can also work with the artistic community, or in a department store, salon or specialized centre and even teach once they’ve acquired a few years of experience.
In addition to the relevant training, candidates must be in good physical shape, and have dexterity and artistic talent. They must also be customer-oriented, good communicators and keep up with general trends. Patience, discretion, dependability and interpersonal skills are other valued qualities. Those who are self-employed must also possess basic business management skills.
The term “personal care” also covers various types of help provided to individuals having problems performing the essential activities of daily life. These services typically include bathing, dressing, grooming, managing medical appointments and monitoring medication and can be provided by different organizations and institutions. The professionals who offer these types of service may hold a variety of titles: personal support worker, home care worker, personal care worker and personal care attendant.
Source: Comité sectoriel de la main-d’œuvre des services de soins personnels