Welcome to the seventh bulletin!
So, the initial big announcement about the roadmap out of lockdown has been made – how do you feel about it?
The prospect of change to what has become the accepted ‘normal’ lockdown might seem very frightening to you and if that is the case, please do make use of the Maintaining Good Mental Health resources that have been provided both below and in previous weeks. It is very important that you seek help if you need it.
If you are feeling positive about the prospect of people moving back to the workplace, then now might be the time to take stock of where you are currently and make a plan. If you go back to week 2, we talked about setting yourself some goals and identify small steps to achieve them.
If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to identify targets which will give you some focus and start working on them.
Of course, most of us will be somewhere in-between, feeling optimistic at times and worried at other times. Be kind to yourself and remember that coming out of this situation is a marathon not a sprint. If you would like to talk to one of us, then get in touch.
This week’s Activity
West Sussex Record Office needs your help to collect all kinds of items and documents which can be used in the future to show people what this time was like for normal citizens. There is a very wide range of things that you can do to help them, and you will be making history as you do it. Click on this link - West Sussex Record Office
If looking at all the historical records gives you a thirst for more, maybe you would like to research your own family. Try this link to get you started family history
Online courses that you might wish to consider.
Back to basics – if you have been finding the previous couple of weeks a bit tricky then this link will take you right back to the beginning learnmyway
Skill of the week - Creative
We have seen lots of examples of creative hobbies that people have started or re-discovered time for. This week the challenge is to try something new that you have never done before. If you have already tried one, find something completely different to have a go at. It might be something that could tie in with this week’s activity and you could write a poem or just some thoughts about what living in 2020 is like.
If your chosen career is within a Creative industry, then why not take an online course in a related subject or link up with someone you haven’t worked with before to produce something different. If your usual job role doesn’t sound creative, think of a time when you came up with a new idea or way to improve the way that things were done. Have you got a challenge at the moment which needs looking at in another way to resolve? See if you can “think outside the box” or talk it over with someone else to find a solution.
Interview question of the week - “Do you prefer working by yourself or working in a team?”
This question is a tricky one as both are hugely important.
Show that you are aware of the benefits of both and that you understand that you need to be comfortable working in either scenario. It’s fine to have a preference, as many of us will prefer one to the other, but the key is to make sure you demonstrate that you can do both.
It is important that you check the job description carefully to see whether one is indicated more clearly then the other, then respond accordingly.
If you use STAR to answer this, then there is a danger that your answer will ramble on, so instead prepare a couple of very short, snappy examples along the lines of the elevator pitch then say which you enjoyed more and why.
Maintaining good Mental and Physical Health
This week we are returning to the main government website which has a lot of practical suggestions and links to other places you can look for support. NHS - every mind matters
they also have lots of advice on maintaining your physical health. With the changing rules about being able to go out more, it might be a good time to think about doing something new.
Link to businesses who have jobs with immediate starts available, which we need to update and will do very soon, so keep an eye on it - wish-live-vacancies
We are committed to helping you on your journey towards employment so please get in touch if we can help you in any way. It has been great to speak, text or email with many of you over the last couple of weeks and hear how you are getting on.
Best wishes and stay safe
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