Paul’s Story

I contacted the National Careers Service after being out of work for 10 years due to ill health.

To begin with, my adviser, Jo, signposted me towards organisations and employers that have a positive reputation towards staff with disabilities. I knew this was vital to me, due my gap in employment and health conditions.

As part of my session with Jo, we did some analysis of my CV and explored how I can display my experience and strengths in a much more positive light. Jo also discussed new training opportunities with me, we discussed areas I am interested in and skills that I would like to improve upon.

We explored different options for my future career, particularly Administrative roles. We used the job profiles available on the National Careers Service as a starting point for ensuring my CV was relevant.

My confidence has seen the most significant improvement, which I feel is half the battle when applying for jobs in the current market.

Jo helped me with my application as a Warehouse Operative for the Bodyshop, and I am pleased to say that I was successful in my application.

My long-term goal is to secure employment in an office environment, however for the time being I am more than happy with my new role.

There is nothing to lose but everything to gain by contacting the National Careers Service. They provide non-judgemental, supportive, and expert advice, which gives you with the tools to succeed in your goals.

In my opinion it is a no brainer to seek help from a service whose bread and butter is supporting and enabling people to find suitable employment. Jo went to the extra effort of contacting me after our appointment to find out how I had been doing, which I personally feel is excellent after care.

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 (Monday – Friday 8am-8pm & Saturday 10am-5pm.)

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