We’ve supported over 5000 people throughout the East Midlands and East of England

12th January, 2022 Read time: 3 min

We spoke to Flora, 23 from Harlow about the impact this support had on her life. 

Before Flora came to us, she’d been unemployed and on benefits for over a year, with the impact of Covid beginning to make her feel lost. She didn’t know what steps she needed to take to improve her career prospects.  

A major sticking point for Flora was her CV – she didn’t feel as though her achievements were enough and didn’t know how to write about herself in a way that would impress potential employers.   

Flora was referred to us through her local job centre. From there, she was connected with Rebecca, one of our advisers who helped Flora to see that her achievements were more than enough. Together, Flora and Rebecca were able to craft a CV that reflected Flora accurately and was appropriate for the types of jobs she was hoping to apply for.  

“I think everybody would benefit from talking about how to improve their CVs and project more confidence! My adviser was fantastic. She was direct, supportive, listened to what I wanted, periodically checked in to see my progress and asked if I needed help with anything. She has been so helpful and I am so happy I got her help throughout this process.” 

Flora has gone on to secure temporary work that she enjoys while she waits for her masters in Publishing to begin.  

“Going to get advice from someone who specialises in CVs and interviews was a game changer. She [Rebecca] was thorough and actually listened to what I wanted. I was lost before she helped me and now I have a job I like and I’m going on to do my masters in what I want to do.”  

If you’re feeling stuck, unsure or worried about employment like Flora, there are a number of things that we can help you with:  

Changing your career

You don’t have to be unemployed to access support, if you want to change your career path and don’t know where to start, our advisers are able to help you research different routes. 

Getting into work after time away

Whether you had a period of unemployment or left work due to childcare or illness, you don’t need to feel worried about returning. Our advisers will help you to consider your options, build up your skills and apply for the jobs that are right for you.  

Starting an apprenticeship

Apprenticeships are a fantastic way to gain skills, experience and qualifications, all while continuing to earn. Apprenticeships are available for people of all ages and levels of experience, and cover a range of industries.  

Gaining skills and qualifications

Did you know that you could be eligible for a whole range of free courses, designed to help you build your skills and even gain qualifications? Many people don’t know that there are courses available that could help then start or advance in their career.  

Support after being made redundant

Whether you attend a redundancy information and support workshop, or talk with our advisers about new career paths you might be interested in, our aim is to give you the help and advice that you need.  

“We’re so proud to have supported so many customers during what has been a challenging time for everyone.  Knowing that we are helping and supporting people into work, education or training is what we’re all about here at Futures. Amanda Payne, Regional Manager, East Midlands 

It feels amazing to have supported over 5000 people, and we can’t wait to welcome the next 5000 through our doors. 

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