Welcome to the Forty-first bulletin.
Who would have thought, when we wrote the first bulletin that we would still be in lockdown this many months later!? If you are getting fatigued with job searching then that is completely normal. If you are not used to the process and had previously been working for many years then made redundant, then the whole job searching challenge can feel very strange and frightening.
Please do get in touch and ask for help – we have been working with people in similar situations for many years and would love to point you in the right direction, introduce you to new methods or just provide a non-judgemental listening ear when you have had enough. There are opportunities to have one to one sessions, join a group workshop or engage by email or via the weekly bulletins.
The Journey to Work family is growing!
With the increase in the number of Horsham residents needing help with their employment challenges there are two new projects joining our team. Everyone is still welcome to engage with the workshops and bulletins, but you may find that you would like to have a chat with our new specialists if you are under 25 or have very recently been made redundant and the whole job searching business is completely new to you.
More details here and we look forward to introducing our new colleagues to you on the workshops over the coming weeks.
There are two opportunities this week to join a workshop
Wednesday 20th January at 4pm is going to focus on re-visiting previous contacts and building on existing relationships click here
Friday 22nd January at 2pm we will be looking at the whole aspect of qualifications – what can you do if you think that your current qualifications are holding you back from the jobs you want to apply for. 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. SETAS - WISH online sessions
Sessions will keep being added so pop back regularly to see what is on offer.
One of the things we keep returning to in WISH, is the need to be ready to explain what it is that you are looking for in terms of a job or next role. I am sure that those of you who have been around for a while are sick of hearing me talking about it (!) but for those who are new to our ranks, your elevator pitch once prepared will give you the very best chance to grab those fleeting opportunities.
Imagine you are talking to someone in a queue or maybe on a virtual networking event and that person who could have the answer to all your dreams suddenly turns to you and says “so what are you hoping to find?”. In the face-to-face WISH clubs we practiced every week until we had honed our “pitch” to a few sentences. If you are not ready to answer immediately, that moment will vanish into thin air so now seems a good time to re-examine whether you need to prepare a new one or make some changes to the one you have been using. If you would like some feedback then come along to the Friday workshops and have a practice.
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 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 are happy that you can answer all the other questions perfectly, then here are some additional ones which will crop up if you are going for an executive role – have a go and see whether there are any that would cause you problems. Remember the STAR model when formulating your answer (see bulletin 5 if you missed it) 15-executive-interview-questions/
Virtual Interview Practice
If you would like to practice your virtual interview skills then either book a one to one session and we can help you or this link will enable you to record yourself and watch it back to see how you come across and also enable you to tinker with lighting and sound quality. There is advice and tips for a variety of types of interview too, so if you are squirming at the thought of doing one online, get practicing!
Barclays LifeSkills was previously only available to young people as part of the schools programme where I have been using it for a couple of years. Now that it has opened up to people who are further on in their journey with work, I would really recommend registering and seeing what is available. There are some great resources on there both to help you to identify your strengths and skills and also general information which is being added to all the time. Let me know what you think about it! https://barclayslifeskills.com/lifeskills-for-working-life/
JobCentre Plus is running another Twitter Jobs Fair on 20th January see the attached flyer for more information. click here
WEA - All Courses Free (for those in receipt of benefits)
5 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 Enrol 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, Enrol 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, Enrol 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, Enrol here
Confidence and Can Do – Expanding Your Horizons Course code C3746199
The aim of the course is for older students wanting to develop skills and confidence to enable them to move back into the workplace or aim for a career change. Starting 02/02/21 Tuesday, 8 weeks, 10.00am-12pm, Enrol here
Coming soon - Safer Internet Day 9th Feb 2021 – advice for families
Even if you feel completely at home using the internet to access all kinds of things and lets face it we have all become much more reliant on it during the past 12 months, the Safer Internet Day will be a good opportunity to do a little audit and make sure that you and your family are using it as securely as possible. With children accessing homeschooling and using the internet to do homework tasks more independently, it’s a good time to make sure that everyone is following the basic guidelines to keep safe. Safer Internet Day 2021
Maintaining good Mental and Physical Health
If you are over 50 then then try out this website dedicated to all kinds of things from health to Community which includes work too. There are very useful tips on choosing healthy exercise that will prepare you for the rest of your life. It is free to join and they will send you relevant information if you request it, including job opportunities in your area. restless.co.uk
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 has also restarted his daily sessions for families on his YouTube channel.
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
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