Paige’s Story

My Universal Credit coach referred me to the National Careers Service to draw and type up a CV. I’m a single parent to a two year old daughter, but despite that I really wanted to return to work. I wanted my daughter to see me as a good role model. Since becoming a mother my attitude to work had changed radically. I was now open and receptive to any advice that might help me to progress.

“I was really impressed by the positive attitude of the adviser”

In my first meeting with my adviser, we wrote my CV together. I was so pleased with the result and was really impressed by the positive attitude of the adviser; she was able to identify skills that I wasn’t even aware I had!  We started talking about my goals which included starting working on interview skills and discussing online learning.  We identified care work – specifically working with those with learning difficulties – as an area of interest to me and used the Job Profiles section on the National Careers Service website to develop my knowledge of roles in the Care sector. From that we developed an action plan for me to follow.

“I now feel really positive about mine and my daughter’s future”

By the time I next met with my adviser, I was sure that working with those with learning difficulties was the route I wanted to pursue, both in the short and longer terms. The adviser helped me to find a course via The Skills Network which was specifically orientated towards this, and she supported me in completing my application.  I was really worried about what types of questions I might be asked in the interview, but my adviser was so helpful, and talked through all sorts of possible questions, and did a mock interview with me.

I’m so glad that I found the help of the National Careers Service. It helped me to think more positively about my strengths and attributes and to aim much higher. I now feel really positive about mine and my daughter’s future.

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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