Case Study

STRIVE into Employability - Caroline: Successfully in Employment

Background

Caroline had complex health issues that had previously prevented her from working. Over time she had lost confidence in herself and her ability to work, and had almost given up. She was introduced to the team at Work EastRen and they recommended the STRIVE into Employability course as a way to help her re-build her confidence and identify her skills and strengths.

The course built up my confidence. I started to believe in myself again and that I could do it.

The Journey

The course helped her to identify and polish up her skills and gave her a toolkit of ideas that she could use to help her take the next steps. Caroline said; “The course really helped me to identify the skills that I hadn’t recognised. It built up my confidence. I started to believe in myself again and that I could do it”. After the course she was assigned a support worker for three months and together they looked for suitable vacancies, worked on her CV and helped Caroline to prepare for her first interview in almost 20 years.

In Employment

As a result, Caroline secured a new role in the retail sector. Her employer has been encouraging, supportive and has provided in-work training to help develop her customer service skills, and ongoing training on operational tasks and job-related activities. She has a new found confidence and self-belief in her ability to be successful in her new job.