Week 40 
 
Welcome to the Fortieth bulletin 
 
There was great news from our Workshop participants this week with people due to start new jobs over the next couple of weeks. If you haven’t tried one yet, what is stopping you? Come along and share your journey towards that next job with other local people who will cheer you on and help you with practical and tested advice. 
 
Virtual WISH 
 
Friday 15th January at 2pm Welcome back to our WISH Community. Register here to attend - click here 
 
To join us, you will need to register using the appropriate link, then an email will be sent to you with everything you need to come along. 
 
The links for the next batch of upcoming topics can always be found and you can book in as soon as they come out, no need to wait for the week they are being run. wish-job-clubs/wish-online 
 
Sessions will keep being added so pop back regularly to see what is on offer. 
 
Managing your “Brand” 
If you are spending all your time completing applications and none on making sure that your brand is consistent with what you are saying in them, then you may be getting rejected unnecessarily. This is a really important thing to get right these days as the majority of employers will check out your online profile as part of their selection process. If this is an area that you think you need some support with, let us know and we can help you. 
 
Looking for some practical ways to prepare for those jobs that you find on our Live Jobs pages? 
For those who are new to WISH you will find some help to practice answering application or interview questions if you pop back into last year’s bulletins. Just find one that suits you and have a go at one which you know might trip you up. There are 36 weeks to choose from, all accessible from the bulletin bar on the SETAS website. 
 
If you have done them all before, can I suggest that you have another go at ones that you felt less confident on? The more options that you have prepared, the better chance that you can find just the right one once you are in front of an interviewer. Sometimes you will have used that brilliant anecdote already to illustrate another point. 
 
Answering questions that appear to be nonsense! 
A couple of people have asked about being given those quirky questions which don’t appear to mean anything. Have a look at the attached advice being given here but also try to think of this as an opportunity to tell them about something that you want them to know about you that hasn’t already been covered. If you are still struggling, come along to a Friday WISH workshop and we can practice some so that you know what to expect. Click here 
 
Temporary or Short Term opportunities 
There are a couple of national initiatives being rolled out, which require a large number of people for temporary or short contracts from the New Year. If you have a JCP Work Coach and are thinking of applying for anything like this, just speak to them and check what impact it will have on any benefits that you are receiving before applying. 
 
Training courses 
 
WEA - All Courses Free (for those in receipt of benefits) 
4 courses starting soon 
 
Coaching for Positive Change - Taster- Course code C3746184 
Explore some relaxation techniques: guided meditation and breathing. Looking at positive actions for fulfilment and how you can regain control over your life. Friday 22/01/21, 1 week 10.00am -12pm click here 
 
Computer Skills for Beginners Course code C3746167 
Develop your confidence and to feel more capable in your ability to use Word and Excel in a work environment. 
Starting 05/02/21 Friday, 8 weeks, 10 -11.30am click here 
 
Get to Know Your Mac Course code C3746264 
A short course covering the essentials of using a Mac (Catalina or previous versions). 
Starting 25/01/21 Monday, 6 weeks, 11.30am-1pm click here 
 
Confidence – Transferable Skills - Taster Course Code C3746194 
Boost confidence and realise that your skills and qualities count, develop assertiveness and recognise your transferable skills. 
Starting 01/02/21 Monday, 1 week 10am-12pm click here 
 
BBC Bitesize 
With the schools closed and many parents home schooling there are lots of interesting programmes on TV. Even if you are not strictly their target audience (!) a quick session of Horrible Histories, The Planets or Operation Ouch will soon bring a smile to your face. Learning new facts and skills is very good for your mental health and you never know, you mind find a new passion. There is also lots of careers focused information online aimed at young people but still useful if you are interested in changing direction. Don’t let the kids have all the fun!!  
 
Link to businesses who have jobs with immediate starts available - WISH live vacancies 
 
Temporary or Short Term opportunities 
There are a couple of national initiatives being rolled out, which require a large number of people for temporary or short contracts from the New Year. If you have a JCP Work Coach and are thinking of applying for anything like this, just speak to them and check what impact it will have on any benefits that you are receiving before applying. 
 
Join the NHS COVID-19 vaccine team (lots of non-medical roles as well as vaccinators) join-the-nhs-covid-19-vaccine-team/ 
 
Census 2021 – some of these opportunities expire on 8th January so if you might be interested, check them out as a matter of priority. Click here censusjobs 
 
Maintaining good Mental and Physical Health 
Our friends at the Horsham District Council Wellbeing team have a whole lot of suggestions for getting you healthy for the new year with a wide variety of courses and opportunities to find the right level of support. Check out their page here to see some of the options and get in touch with them if you would like their help. Horsham District Council 
 
The NHS has some advice on keeping moving indoors, now that the rules on going out have tightened again. Keep an eye on their You Tube channel for new workouts every Wednesday and Saturday Click here 
 
Joe Wicks is also restarting his daily sessions for families on his YouTube channel for Monday 11th January at 9am. 
 
Don’t forget that if you are feeling overwhelmed or need help urgently it is very important to get it. The link below will help you find it quickly. 
 
1-2-1 sessions - we have plenty of 1-2-1 sessions available and open to you. If you would like to book a session, please email or call Richard to set one up, they are for you to use so please do take advantage of them.  
 
Otherwise, you can fill in your details on this link SETAS - contact us and we will get in touch with you.  
 
See you soon we hope and please take good care.  
 
Richard and Mel 
 
Richard Brooks FIEP - Director. 
Mobile - 07783 222956 
Office - 01403 627766 
Email - richard.brooks@setas.org.uk 
Specialist Employment, Training and Advice Services 
 
Mel Simmonds 
Mobile – 07855 634679 
Email – simmondsmel@icloud.com 
 
 
SETAS Ltd. Bailey House, 4-10 Barttelot Road, Horsham, RH12 1DQ 
 
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