Good day readers, and a very warm welcome to our October blog post! This time we’re dropping in to share another participant story from Julia*, who engaged with our programme and was successful in finding work after receiving support from the Moneywise Plus project. Read on to hear her story.
What was your situation before you joined us as a participant on Moneywise Plus?
Before I started working with the Moneywise Plus team I was unemployed and receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance. I attended sessions at my local Job Centre and was applying for jobs, but always got turned down before reaching the interview stage. I suffered from a lack of confidence and felt useless. I am separated from my partner and have two daughters to care for, so that weighed on my mind a great deal. As someone who is over 50 and dyslexic, I felt there were barriers to my progression and worried that it was too late for me to find another job.
How did you come to be involved with the project?
I heard about Moneywise Plus in a session at my local Job Centre, where the representatives gave a presentation introducing the project. After the session I went to talk to them to find out more and gave them my details so they could follow up with an appointment.
What activities did you do on the project? Did they help you?
During my time on the project, I engaged with the Volunteer Routeway, Digital Routeway, and Financial Routeway. The Digital sessions increased my digital confidence and ensured that I have excellent computer skills, which I need for my new job role. Thanks to the Financial sessions, I’m able to budget and manage my money properly. The Volunteer sessions increased my confidence levels; having the chance to talk to others in similar circumstances was a valuable experience and the skills shared on the course helped me with applying for jobs. Through the Volunteer course I secured a volunteer position in my local Mind charity shop, which helped to get me ready for the world of work. I also created my own personal statement, which helped me to answer questions that came up in the interview for my new full-time job. I have gained numerous skills that I can use in my new job role.
How has your situation changed since you joined Moneywise Plus?
Moneywise Plus has helped me get my new full-time position and given me skills that I will be able to use in the future. It has made a big difference and exceeded my expectations; I wish I had found the project earlier in my job search. I will be using the principles I’ve learned in my new position and I am already making use of the budgeting skills I gained.
What did you think of the project?
Moneywise Plus is an excellent project, I was very well supported and the staff were very friendly. I have encouraged other job seekers that I met at my local Job Centre sessions to contact Moneywise Plus for help.
Would you or someone you know like to develop financial and digital skills and become work ready? Our project may be able to help you. Find out if you’re eligible by completing the referral form on our website, or call us on 0300 003 7004.
*The participant’s name has been changed to protect their identity.