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Kegan* learns how to use his transferrable skills to get a job while on probation

"The National Careers Service has enabled me to gain employment and better equipped me to have the confidence to apply for roles."

17 October 2016

Before Prospects

Kegan* was unemployed after servicing a sentence in prison. He was referred to the National Careers Service by his probation manager in Willesdon.

What Prospects did

Kegan met a National Careers Service adviser, Alfred, because he was finding it difficult to find work.  Initially Kegan felt he just needed help to get a CV and covering letter to apply for job, but with Alfred’s help Kegan completed a Skills Health Check and identified his transferable skills.

Together they spent time using the National Careers Service website, practicing interview skills and job searching.  Alfred also encouraged Kegan to look at the range of courses he could complete to improve his vocational skills if he wanted to upskill.

Outcomes and results

Kegan was successful finding work and has gained employment.  By using the National Careers Service Kegan was encouraged to apply for jobs offering advancement and use his transferrable skills to match his skills for roles he previously felt were beyond him.

Kegan says: “The National Careers Service has enabled me to gain employment and better equipped me to have the confidence to apply for roles as I have a better understanding of job hunting and how to apply for roles.  My main barrier was my past history and not having an understanding of how to reflect my past skills and experience in regard to getting a job.”

 

* Not his real name


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