Following being made redundant for the second time, I was at a crossroads. I had no firm career ideas and was unsure of what support was available to help me assess my options. That was until a relative who had recently met with Nikki from the National Careers Service and acknowledged how friendly, reassuring and professional she is, recommended me to contact her.
At our meeting we had opportunity to explore aspects of previous jobs I enjoyed which I could transfer into new employment. Initially we did this informally through discussion and by starting to identify some of my transferable skills, my confidence began to grow as I realised that I can consider a career change. I later completed the short Discover Your Skills and Careers assessment on the National Careers Service website to generate more career ideas to research further. This has enabled me to assess different careers I would have not previously considered and which may offer fresh challenges for me.
Emphasis throughout my appointment was to update my CV and create a covering letter to help with my job searching, and following a rewrite of a CV, more skills, strengths and responsibilities have been added, which again has helped my confidence to grow.
Since meeting with Nikki and receiving valuable support, I have been invited to two interviews for jobs within different sectors which are of equal interest to me. I have recommended the National Careers Service to friends as I feel the advice and support offered is excellent and tailored to individual needs.
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 (8:00am to 10:00pm, 7 days a week.)