Shine Careers Adviser helps Sean achieve a positive outcome
For some individuals, having an independent career guidance professional provide follow-up careers advice can make all the difference. By setting goals, agreeing actions and then reviewing the action plan, Sean* from Ralph Thoresby School was helped with confidence issues to overcome temporary set-backs and move into a positive destination.
School referred Sean to our Shine Careers Adviser in Year 11, for personal guidance. He had been in the Army cadets for some time and was completely focussed on this aim. At this point it was identified that Sean needed to visit the AFCO to discuss whether a ligament injury to his leg would affect his application.
Sean came to see the Careers Adviser again. He’d unfortunately failed the medical test and was advised to reapply in 2 or 3 years. Together they explored his interests and what he thought about his abilities and his skills. He identified doing a motor vehicle course or apprenticeship as a back-up, in case he did not get into the Army the next time he applied. Using the National Apprenticeships website to search for local providers Sean liked the offer from Nacro Training as they provided these courses and also an armed forces preparation course. Sean felt encouraged that he could find something else to do while keeping open his chances of getting in to the Army. An action plan was agreed that he would visit Nacro with his school mentor to find out more about their provision.
Shortly after this Sean came to ask for further help. Unfortunately he still had not applied anywhere or visited any providers. The Careers Adviser and Sean explored why this might be, in a solution-focused guidance session. Using career counselling techniques such as reflective listening and using visual metaphors, Sean managed to say that he was feeling knocked-back by the rejection from the Army and he didn’t feel confident that he would get onto anything. It was clear that he needed some help to take action, so the Careers Adviser took some time to help him to complete an application online to Nacro, and also to Leeds City College. Sean’s whole demeanour changed as he took these first steps. He subsequently went to visit Nacro with his mentor.
By providing opportunities for Sean to have follow-up guidance from Shine there was a positive outcome for the school, and for Sean. He was successful in getting onto the course at Nacro and he started in September.
*not his real name.
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