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Gaye’s Story

At 65, I wasn’t ready for my retirement, and I needed help finding a new direction to my life. I had tried to apply for jobs but felt that my age and my medical conditions were against me.

I had been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at a young age, and weighed only 3 stone by the time I was 17. I worked to overcome this, got myself fit and healthy, and joined the army at 20, serving for 7 years. After leaving the forces I worked for a number of years for the police in an HQ role, then for an airline and then in later years moved into financial services.

After speaking to Veterans Outreach Support, they suggested that I make an appointment with a National Service Careers Adviser based at Adult Community Learning. I first met Wendy in August 2018 and have met with her a number of times since.

Wendy gave me self-belief, hope and confidence to do something new. Wendy enabled me to appreciate my skills and understand that I would be valuable in the workplace and had a lot to offer.

We completed an action plan and Wendy directed me to the National Careers Service Career Profiles and the CV writing pack, which I found very useful. Through my sessions with the National Careers Service, I realised that I would like to study a teaching qualification and become a sessional tutor. Wendy referred me to a number of different training providers in my area and also directed me to other people who could help me fund my study.

I will start my Diploma in Education Level 5 in April 2019 with Essential Training in Portsmouth. Without our meeting back in August I wouldn’t have had any prospects. I know exactly what I want to do and my direction of travel is quite clear. I would have been no further on had I have not met Wendy in August. I had no direction and no sense of self-worth before our meeting. I have realised that it is never too late to achieve what you want to achieve. My ultimate ambition is to be a teacher.

I now know that I have something to offer and I am not the worthless individual that I thought that I was before meeting Wendy. I now have the self-confidence to achieve anything that I want to.

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