Martin’s Story

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I was facing redundancy after 34 years working as fencer for the same employer. As a result I was referred to the National Careers Service for redundancy support by my local job centre. They said it would help me rebuild my confidence and find meaningful employment again.

As part of the initial redundancy support I went along to a National Careers Service CV writing workshop. I also went along to a discussion group about the hidden jobs market. Through the sessions I was introduced to a careers adviser who helped me to put a careers Action Plan in place. The Action Plan helped me think through and schedule all of the things I needed to do to find work. It was helpful in focusing my mind.

I really wanted to become self-employed but I lacked confidence. I simply didn’t understand how to start my own business. My adviser suggested that I enrol on a ‘Planning to Start Your Own Business’ online course, which was exactly what I needed.

Since then, I’ve overcome the difficulties of my redundancy and learned how to write a great CV. I’ve learned more about the current job market and, of course, self-employment. With these new skills I’m now working hard to make myself an established self-employed labourer and fencer.

The National Careers Service provides free, up to date, impartial information, advice and guidance on careers, skills and the labour market in England to anyone aged 13 and upwards.

To speak to a National Careers Service adviser, call 0800 100 900 or use our webchat (8am to 10pm, 7 days a week)

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