InspireMe helps Jo regain her confidence
The InspireMe team, based in Hull, have been helping people with their career journey across the Humber region for some time. The case study below, from Jo a customer of the InspireMe team, shows the impact the team are having.
"After having been out of work for some time due to ill health I had decided it was time for me to start looking. Although I was quite anxious I noticed an event about Women into Manufacturing and Engineering and thought I would go. I was initially quite daunted by such a big event but found everybody to be really friendly. Whilst at the event I met Michelle and Helga from Aspire-igen. Helga talked about how InspireMe could help support me in my return to work and whatever we did we would do it together with a clear plan of action, advice and information along the way.
After the event, I met with Helga and we had a long talk about my background and experience. This included my strengths and how I was feeling generally about returning to work. I realised that I had always been very confident in the past with an excellent track record as a worker and this started to make me feel better in myself. I was also very nervous around computers and Helga showed me how to use job search websites. In the past I had relied on my son to organise my mobile phone but talking with Helga encouraged me to get him to actively show me how to do things on it, including job searching. Helga also arranged for me to meet with a National Careers Service Adviser, who very efficiently sorted out a more up to date CV and was very encouraging about my employability in the job market.
As a result of spending regular time with Helga I started to apply for jobs again. We had decided that due to my personal priorities I would be looking at returning to professional commercial cleaning. Within two weeks, thanks to my updated CV and newly found confidence with on-line technology, I had two separate job interviews and offers. I was so pleased when I got the job, I emailed Helga from my mobile to let her know – something I would not have dreamt of doing before.
I have now been at my new company for over a month and I am thoroughly enjoying my return to work. My hours have already increased and Helga keeps in regular contact. It's good to know she is there if I need her. I have already recommended InspireMe to my son. The approach is very relaxed and you can just come in for an informal chat. You feel you are being supported without pressure. The programme allowed me to focus on myself."
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