Libby’s Story

middle aged woman using laptopWhen I contacted the National Careers Service I had been out of work for some time. I am a lone parent with three children aged 12, 10 and 5. It had been over 10 years since I had worked in a paid capacity, although I had done some voluntary work and had studied.

My main concerns were my employment gap and my lack of references as a result. But my adviser helped me to see that my voluntary work and study were really worthwhile experiences that could be highlighted on my CV.

“She helped me to feel more confident in applying for jobs despite having been unemployed for some time.”

I studied other examples of CVs to help with the writing of my own. I also worked with my adviser on my interview skills. We also developed an Action Plan covering which jobs would be suited to my skills and background.

As a result I got a job! Now that I’m in work, I feel that I’m at the start of a career; my prospects have definitely improved. My interview involved creating a presentation, practicing and delivering it. This is something I hadn’t done before but with my adviser’s support and encouragement, I could do it.

I once believed I wasn’t good enough for the job market. My meetings with the National Careers Service gave me a structure. They gave me a ‘push’ to focus and be motivated to succeed. I now have more confidence and a job, and this job will open many opportunities for progression.

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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