Thomas’s Story

young man in white shirtI met Tad, my National Careers Service adviser, through the Shaw Trust – a charity which helps disabled and disadvantaged people into employment. I was out of work but my dream was to become a practising full-time photographer. I’m really creative and I have qualifications and voluntary experience as a photographer, but felt my Cerebral Palsy has held me back. I manage to keep a sense of humour, but have really struggled with my confidence.

Tad helped me to develop my CV – together we improved the presentation, grammar and the way my skills were presented so that I could ‘sell’ myself better. The process really motivated and encouraged me. I now feel that by recognising my skills and my true potential it will give me a better chance of finding work. I feel that my adviser has helped me to see myself in a new light and the CV describes me in such a true and excellent way.

Upon attending my appointment, I now see that I have amazing skills and strengths, and I don’t feel that my disability is as much of a problem anymore. I feel so much better about myself and my prospects.

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 (8am to 10pm, 7 days a week)

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