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Your experiences, attitudes and beliefs are part of what makes you who you are. They affect how you think, what you do and how you do it. Your background, upbringing, experiences and relationships will all have played a part in the way you see things.

These attitudes and beliefs may have led you to choose to work in health or social care but sometimes they could lead you to assume things about people that are not right. It is important that you develop self-awareness so that you can learn to check that this does not happen. You should take time to learn about and understand the different attitudes and beliefs of others so that you can work with individuals in a way that takes these into account.

Beliefs can be described as things in life that you feel strongly about, that guide you in your daily life and are linked very closely to your morals and values.

Attitudes are the approaches, opinions and mindset that you have developed through your upbringing and life and learning experiences.

It’s important to understand what your employer wants to achieve as it will help you to understand your own role. Your organisation will have values, aims and objectives.  Values are the beliefs or ideas that should be evident in all aspects of the service you provide.

Aims are the general goals that an organisation hopes to achieve through their actions. The purpose of your job will be to contribute to achieving these. Objectives are specific things that must be in place in order to achieve the aims.

If you find that your employer does not have these written down to ask your manager to tell you what they are.

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