Gary McWilliams

Gary McWilliams is a physiotherapy assistant working with older people in Belfast.

I've been a member of the CSP since 1994. I always wanted to be a member of the CSP and to get assistants' representation within the society. That's been very important.

What career aspirations did you have for when you left school? Did you know what you wanted to do?

I always wanted to work in the care sector, and I always wanted a job that could make a difference to people. My career has gone in the direction I wanted  - working with people and making a difference. You can see the difference you make in people's lives, and working with a great team means being happy in your work.

What have been your biggest surprises in your career so far?

I'm surprised at how fulfilling my career in the health service has been. I've been surprised by becoming a CSP steward as well - the CSP has been a great support during my career, allowing networking in Northern Ireland and across the UK.

If you could give one message to your peers from what you have learnt in your career, what would it be?

I would advise anyone to become an assistant and to become a CSP member. It's a fantastic job - I have worked with so many fantastic people and physiotherapy staff, and have made many friends.