Shireen’s Story

I contacted the National Careers Service to get help with my CV, and some advice on how I could move into a career working with children. I really wanted to become a teaching assistant but had completed a course and didn’t pass it, and didn’t know what to do next. I spoke to Kristine, my National Careers Service adviser, and she suggested applying for a volunteer role at a local nursery as a strategic way to get my foot in the door.

This was great advice and really made a difference. After a few months of volunteering, I was offered a full time job at the same nursery. I even received a second job offer for a Teaching Assistant role, but ultimately decided to accept the job at my nursery, due to the location.

It felt so good to have two job offers after not working in a paid role for two years.

Initially, I hesitated about volunteering because it was unpaid, but looking back, I’m so grateful that I took the advice and embraced the opportunity. Today, I’m living my dream job, all thanks to taking that initial step into volunteering.

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. Lines are available from: 8am – 8pm Monday – Friday, and 10am – 5pm Saturday

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