Read Tyson Mahmoud’s personal and professional journey below which he shares in his own words.
When did you become a carer ?
“After 11 years working in a warehouse as a forklift driver, due to company closure, I was made redundant.
I decided to change career at that time and try something different. As I always felt empathy and was interested in health and sickness issues, I decided to take this path.
As I had no experience or qualifications whatsoever in caring, I had to do some courses. They really helped me, and I realized, that this is the right job for me. I started to work as a professional carer in September 2019.
Overall, it’s been a very good experience for me
I often think why didn’t start this earlier. But everything has his time. ..
Tell us a little bit about yourself ?
Together with my wife we came to Ireland in 2005. I became an Irish citizen in 2012 and am Irish in my heart, even sometimes struggling with the language I feel here at home.
Originally I come from Egypt where I served in the Egyptian army for nearly 3 years. Then I worked as a diving, fitness and windsurfing instructor in Red Sea.
The weather in Ireland is not really suitable for a full-time job in any of those areas so I had to choose change of career.
What do you enjoy about working as a carer ?
“When I go to work, I feel, that do something good every day“
Some of my clients have dementia and it is important be very sensitive to this. When a carer enters the home of a person living with dementia for the first time, they will often ask ‘what are you doing in my house ?’
You must start very gently with these clients and avoid any stress for them at all.
I work mostly with male clients. If some clients require ‘double-up carers’, then I work alongside a female colleague as a team.”
Have you advice for other men who might be considering working as a carer?
To be a good carer, I feel it’s important to be fit and healthy. You need mental strength as well as physical strength. Our clients are vulnerable, and they need our strength and empathy.
I run before work each morning and pay attention to what I eat, as I need energy all day. If my clients cannot get out of bed, I have to be strong enough to assist them.
I believe that if any man wants to start a different job, just try…
I am really glad I tried.. The smile and relaxed faces of my clients are satisfaction for me and makes me feel good.”
The older people worked hard the whole life to provide us nice life, which we have now. We own them a good service, when the strength and health is less..