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Looking for New Employment

Madtricyclist Community member Posts: 6 Connected
edited April 2021 in Work and employment
Hello I haven't used this site in a while but thought someone may be able to advise me. 

 In February 2021 I had to take Voluntary Redundancy from my Job which I had been in for 23 years and 9 months.  I now find myself out of work and although I want to take a bit of a break I am well aware that I don't have a Salary coming in each month. 

 I have never really been out of work since leaving St Loyes College back in 1986 and I am very proud of that.  I am now 54 and am  apprehensive of finding a new job.  I worked full time until I was 50 and then decided to work 28 hours a week which turned out to be a great decision.  So I ideally want to work part time again. 

 I don't have masses of qualifications and no degree but I do have experience of working in an office environment and for the last year of working from home but the latter I found very stressful and my Metal Health suffered. 

I would really welcome any advice on how to go about getting a new job that I can be really happy in.  Is now  the right time to be looking?  How do I start?


  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community member Posts: 16,147 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Madtricyclist - Scope have a 'Support to Work' programme that may help you. Please see:  for more information. Other members have praised this service, so I hope it may be a starting point for you.

  • woodbine
    woodbine Community member Posts: 11,922 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi you can check what benefits you maybe entitled to using the link below;
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  • Caz_Alumni
    Caz_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 621 Pioneering
    edited April 2021
    Hi @Madtricyclist :)

    Just wanted to stop by, say hi, and see how you're getting on?

    I can imagine that's a bit of a strange feeling for you - taking voluntary redundancy when you've been in work, and also in the same job, for such a long time. So, I think it's completely natural that you're going to be feeling apprehensive about things at the moment, given that this is such a new and different situation for you. 

    But, listening to what you've got to say, it sounds like you've got a lot going for you in terms of your track record and experience. Hopefully, that will stand you in good stead when you do get around to applying for a new job. 

    Plus, as @chiareds says, it might be worth your while to register with Scope's Support to Work scheme, and get some telephone advice or online help from one of our specialist employment advisers. I think that's a really good starting-point. Then they can give you some support in trying to find that new job that you're hopefully going to be really happy in!

    Hope that's helpful to you. Do get in touch if you would like any further support, and keep us posted on what you decide to do next :)
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