In August 2018 I went to the National Careers Service for a careers interview. I took a friend with me for support because I suffer from anxiety and depression and also have mobility problems. Having recently been assessed as being fit for work, my work coach wanted me to prepare, in small steps, for a return to work.
I found the National Careers Service very helpful. They encouraged me to keep in volunteering and talked about ways I could extend this. The adviser helped me create a CV and helped me think about the type of work that I could do. We completed an action plan and the adviser made me aware of the online Skills Health Check, where you can do a series of quizzes to decide what type of job could be right for you.
I attended the ‘Getting a Job’ workshops over the course of 3 weeks. I also completed the ‘Confidence for Work’ 6 week course. Both workshops really helped me to get a new perspective. I also made a friend through the workshops, which really boosted my confidence.
My meeting with the National Careers Service adviser encouraged me to think about and plan the future. I’m volunteering at a local flower shop as I am interested in flowers and floristry. I’m also thinking about finding a flower arranging course to build the skills to find a part time job.
Confidence was a major barrier for me before but I now feel more confident and positive. I’m ready to move forwards with my life.
To speak to a National Careers Service adviser, call 0800 100 900 or use our webchat (8am to 10pm, 7 days a week)