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Kieron’s Story

Middle aged man stands smilingI became unemployed as a result of a motorbike accident, which caused damage to my leg. Before I had the accident I had worked since the age of 17 in various roles. However, being out of work since the start of the year and having moved from London, I had lost my confidence. I was finding it really difficult to get back into work and felt I needed some support. So a friend recommended the National Careers Service to me.

“I wanted to find an opportunity that would allow me to travel and work abroad”

From a young age I had moved about a lot between different cities and was used to settling in new environments. Therefore I really wanted to find an opportunity that would allow me to travel and work abroad. I wanted to start my own business dealing with fashion retail.

I met with a National Careers Service adviser in Chatham and took part in a CV workshop. My adviser then gave me loads of practical advice, and helped me outline the steps I needed to take towards achieving my goal. We looked at the job profile of a franchise owner on the National Careers Service website. That really helped me to identify what I needed to do to plan my future in that sort of field.

“I now feel much better about my future”

My adviser talked me through starting again by building my finances and getting myself some new experience to build my confidence in the working world. She helped me to identify and enrol on a course to learn more about the retail sector. That was really helpful. We’re now working together to identify retail opportunities abroad.

The support of the National Careers Service has helped improve my confidence – I am not used to being out of work, so it has been a really challenging time. I feel grateful for the support and now feel much better about my future. I now feel that there is hope for me.

The National Careers Service provides free careers information, advice and guidance 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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