I came to England from Nigeria in September 2021. In Nigeria I had worked as an operations manager for a logistics company – however, it was difficult for me to translate that experience to making a job application in England. I had aspirations of working in the I.T industry, and I needed help with how to develop my skills and tailor my CV to make a successful application. So, I contacted the National Careers Service for support.
My adviser, Dawn, was really helpful. She talked me through how to create a CV that would appeal to UK employers and gave me some useful advice on free courses that I could take to build the experience I need to move into an I.T (specifically Cyber Security) role. She opened my eyes to the benefits of volunteering, and how volunteering could give me some relevant work experience to boost my CV. We discussed my career goals, and Dawn encouraged me to think more broadly and consider other short-term work options while I work towards my career goals. This inspired me to look at opportunities outside of the I.T sector.
In October I secured a role working at a COVID-19 Test centre, and when that closed in March, I was successful in securing a job as a security officer. I feel I’ve made a positive impact, I’m enjoying the role, and I’m confident that this is a great stepping stone to my future goals.
In the meantime, I’m in the process of exploring the pathways and courses available to get into Cyber Security. It’s a process that will take time, but I now have the confidence, information and support I need to get there.
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