I am currently transitioning from female to male and this has been a barrier for me having the confidence in getting back into work. I was frightened about how people would see me and didn’t want to deal with explaining my situation to others.
I had recently moved back to Kent and was struggling to find work. I needed help with writing my CV and finding job opportunities, so I contacted the National Careers Service.
My adviser, Justine, was really helpful and spent time with me creating a new CV. She didn’t rush me and I felt comfortable talking to her about my gender transition. She even gave me some websites for support groups. My appointment with her helped me to overcome some of my fear and Justine was respectful, using male pronouns throughout.
Since then. I have found a job and my employer has been really understanding of my transition. Talking to the National Careers Service really helped me realise and have confidence that people are understanding.
I am enjoying my job and it is the first step to getting back to living a normal life.
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. Lines are available from: 8am – 8pm Monday – Friday, and 10am – 5pm Saturday