Matt (24) was feeling 'rudderless and lacking in direction' when he got in touch with Sarah Bruce, C+K Careers Adviser. His Dad had seen a flyer for the Hebden Royd Employability Project at the local gym and prompted Matt to seek some professional careers guidance.
Matt says he had no concept of what he had to offer an employer and was scared that he was wasting his potential. He was focused on looking at short term options like bar work as he had no clue what his options were long term.
Fast forward 6 months from Matt's initial contact with Sarah and things couldn't be more different. He is working full time for Calderdale Voluntary and Community (VAC) as a Community Development Officer and describes it as 'the dream job I didn't know existed until I had it!'. Matt says he couldn't be further from his initial situation.
Sarah worked with Matt to offer Careers Guidance, she helped him to identify his skills and recognise that he had a lot to offer an employer. Together they identified that working for a charity would align with his ethical values and his excellent teamwork and communication skills could be put to good use in that sector. Practical support such as working on Matt's CV also helped him to feel more prepared for moving into a job with real prospects for his future.
At a networking event Sarah linked in with VAC about a job opportunity which she identified Matt would be perfect for. Sarah arranged for Matt to go and meet with them and he was offered the job!
When asked about what made a real difference to him Matt says 'Having a professional whose job it is to know about these things telling you that you are worthy and you are employable made a big difference'.
Added: Monday, 10 July 2023