Sarah is 24 years old. Since completing her degree in Politics and International Relations she has worked for a well known high street retailer and a Housing Association. In April 2009 her short term contract finished and she has experienced problems for the first time finding employment.
Sarah heard about Open Door through Mercian Housing Association’s Employment Development Officer Kim Bairstow and she felt that extra support in her employment search would be beneficial as she had found herself worried about becoming unemployed and uncertain what her options were.
Sarah identified some of her barriers to employment as being her limited experience in the workplace with only two previous employers, her confidence in interviews and the volume of applicants competing for similar jobs.
Sarah had considered retraining to go into the NHS as this would be an opportunity to develop a career and not just work in a job, but there was high competition for these vacancies and her the lack of experience within the NHS sector was a barrier to these roles.
To begin with Open Door helped Sarah update her CV, strengthening what she had already done and looking at ways to adapt it when applying for jobs. She has also expressed an interest in attending an Interview Skills Workshop run through the Association to help build her confidence and be well prepared.
Through Open Door Sarah has now accessed the Routeway to NHS service which offers support such as: advice, guidance and pre employment training into the NHS, mentoring and support into local NHS vacancies and help with post employment support.
So far they have helped identify training opportunities which will help strengthen her applications, such as free first aid courses, she has registered with a recruitment agency for NHS vacancies for both permanent roles and voluntary positions and will be offered pre-employment training if any roles become available.
Sarah has now found temporary work as a short term option but is still pursuing her goal to develop her career and possibly one day becoming a radiographer.