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Kenneth’s Story

older man posing for photoI was introduced to the National Careers Service through my local Jobcentre. Having been unemployed for some time, I needed some advice on getting back to work. I have had a long and successful career at executive level. Now, at 64, I want to get back into work and at the right level for my skills.

I had three face-to-face meeting with my adviser, who was helpful and knowledgeable. We reviewed my CV and made appropriate changes. She signposted me to several recruitment companies who recruit for organisations targeting people with my skillset. We also talked about what interim roles I could do to get me working again short-term. My adviser introduced me to the Interim Management Association. They help fill short-term management roles and look for experienced executives with specialist skills and a track record of achievement – which fits my experience perfectly.  I’ve since had two interviews with members of that association.

I am a confident person with a strong career history. However, meetings with the National Careers Service helped me fine-tune my activities and provided me with an excellent sounding board.

“My prospects have improved as a result of the advice I received.”

It helped me to focus and cement my thoughts and make a solid plan. I now know the best places to look for interim roles. I’m also better equipped to apply for roles in the Civil Service, having mapped my competencies and successes into their Success Profiles.

Ultimately, I want to find employment as a senior business executive in electronics/transportation; or transfer my skills to a role within the Civil Service.

I have had one other period of unemployment in my career; at that time I also had a meeting with the National Careers Service, and the advice I received helped me transition from the Electronics industry to the Transportation sector. I’m now rather senior in age but despite this, I can see there are opportunities in the market for someone like me with appropriate transferable skills. I can now market myself better with this in mind.

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 (8:00am to 10:00pm, 7 days a week)

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