When I was 18 I felt I had my whole life ahead of me. I did my A-Levels and did well enough to go to University. However, after a few months I ended up having to leave Uni because of ill health. That led to me being jobless, out of education and not sure what to do next.
I went to a Careers Introduction Workshop at a local training company, which was being run by the National Careers Service. From there I booked a 1:1 appointment with an adviser. My adviser helped me to update my CV and explore the National Careers Service website for career ideas. I completed the online Skills Health Check to identify my skillset. We also looked through lots of different job profiles on the website to see what might suit me.
I decided I wanted to find some part-time work while I considered my long-term career options. With my new CV I managed to get a job at a local garden centre for a few hours a week, while I considered my next move.
“Having a plan gave me the determination to succeed”
My National Careers Service Adviser helped me to create an Action Plan to identify my next steps. I went on to complete a website workshop. Having a plan and getting back into learning made me feel confident again and gave me the determination to succeed.
I’m now training to be a teacher. My health has really improved and my confidence has grown considerably thanks to the help and advice I’ve received. I now feel ready to travel further with my career journey.
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)