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Thinking about doing a course to help me to get a Health Care Assistant job at my local hospital

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BrianMcFaddenfan07
BrianMcFaddenfan07 Community member Posts: 262 Pioneering
Hi everyone,
I'm thinking about doing a course to help me to get a Health Care Assistant job at my local hospital, but I'm not sure where to start.
I have a female friend who has 5 sons (her youngest is 1 now I think) and her eldest son is amazing as he helps his mum a lot when he can.
Her middle son is in like a sort of respite type of home I think as she was having trouble with him as he was doing things that were totally out of character for him and she found out (I'm not sure when) that he had a type of cancer (he's currently in remission).
When my friend and her eldest 3 sons lived a couple of streets away from when I lived with my two sisters, brother and our late dad I used to go and visit them for a few hours when her eldest 2 sons were in school (they were in primary school at the time).
On the odd few occasions I even went with her to pick her eldest 2 sons up from school and depending on the weather and if she needed to go, we'd sometimes walk up to our local Tesco extra.
About 6 months or so ago she said that she was going to do an online course through the Open University (I can't remember the name of her course).
I wished her luck in being able to complete her course as she has fibromyalgia, so she paces herself.
I even told her that she was braver than me as I'd gone to apply for a Health and Social Care course through the Open University, but lost my nerve and ended up not going through with it.
I really want to do the course, but my nerves always seem to get the better of me.
I can't even look for a job yet as I was put on limited capability for work about 3 years ago after my dad passed away from terminal lung cancer due to smoking.
I've been told that I have to wait for that to end before I can even look for a job.
How do I build up my confidence and self esteem to be able to apply for an online course through the Open University and not let my nerves get the better of me?

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  • Biblioklept
    Biblioklept Community member Posts: 4,764 Disability Gamechanger
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    I really want to do the course, but my nerves always seem to get the better of me.
    I can't even look for a job yet as I was put on limited capability for work about 3 years ago after my dad passed away from terminal lung cancer due to smoking.
    I've been told that I have to wait for that to end before I can even look for a job.
    How do I build up my confidence and self esteem to be able to apply for an online course through the Open University and not let my nerves get the better of me?
    Who told you that? You definitely can work when on limited capability. Are you on UC or ESA? They have different rules but you can work on both. Sorry about your dad <3
    Have you tried some of the free short courses with the OU they could build your confidence as they are self led so a bit less intensive. Other than that it's really just going for it. These things never get easier as time passes, they get harder. Don't waste your life waiting for the right time, give it a try. If it turns out to be too much you could just defer, but get started and get that foot in the door. One step leads to more! 
  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Scope Member Posts: 54,763 Disability Gamechanger
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    @BrianMcFaddenfan07 hi there, alot of  care jobs, train you on the job for qualifications you want, if you read the adverts, it usually says no experience necessarily, but training will be given working towards NVQ qualifications. 
  • BrianMcFaddenfan07
    BrianMcFaddenfan07 Community member Posts: 262 Pioneering
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    I did a GNVQ Health and Social Care course in my first year in college, but that way back in 1999/2000. I went to college after I'd finished high school. In my first year I a foundation GNVQ Health and Social Care course. Then I did an NVQ Level 1 in retail, but I had to leave college about halfway through my 3rd year and retail level 2 course I had to leave college due to pregnancy related illnesses as I was pregnant with my daughter at the time. I was about 3 months pregnant and I had all day sickness too.
    My daughter is 20 this September and I'm 40 in November. I'm the lady in the pink top in my profile pic, the gentleman next to me is my brother (the photo was taken on my brother's and brother-in-law's wedding day which was also mine, my brother's and out 2 sisters mum's and auntie's birthday) the lady who is stood on the other side of my brother is my best friend of over 30 years. She's a mum now too as she's got a lil girl who 2as 2 years old the week before last.
    My great-niece and youngest niece are also 2 years old this year.
    My great-niece is two sometime next month and my youngest niece is 2 in September.
  • BrianMcFaddenfan07
    BrianMcFaddenfan07 Community member Posts: 262 Pioneering
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    @Biblioklept I'm on UC and I was told by my current work coach at my local job center that I have to wait until my limited capability for work ends before I can start looking for a job.

  • Biblioklept
    Biblioklept Community member Posts: 4,764 Disability Gamechanger
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    She very badly advised you. You can work and claim LCWRA. You can look for work and claim LCWRA. 
    Maybe she got confused with that you don't HAVE to look for work while you have LCWRA? You 100% can if you want to. I work and have LCWRA <3
  • BrianMcFaddenfan07
    BrianMcFaddenfan07 Community member Posts: 262 Pioneering
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    I'm not getting anything for my LCW as I was told that I wasn't allowed anything as I was on a job search program when it was actually my fiance who was on a job search program and not me as my fiance was on the work and health program to help him to find a job as he found it hard to find a job due to his dyslexia,, but he's been working as a cleaner for a local clearance shop for about 6 or 7 months now and he enjoys it.
  • Biblioklept
    Biblioklept Community member Posts: 4,764 Disability Gamechanger
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    Does your fiance get anything for LCW and is it just lcw you have not lcwra?
  • BrianMcFaddenfan07
    BrianMcFaddenfan07 Community member Posts: 262 Pioneering
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    Neither of us do. I've only been told that I have limited capability for work, but my work coach said that I don't have to do any job search or anything like that until it's finished. She said that I can do things to prepare for it like make sure my CV is up to date and things like that.
  • Biblioklept
    Biblioklept Community member Posts: 4,764 Disability Gamechanger
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    Okay so she's right you don't have to but that doesn't mean you're not allowed to, you're allowed to work search or even work while getting LCW if you want to. It's your choice completely. Also there's not actually an end date for LCW they can review you at any time.

    Have you looked at the next enrolment dates for the course you want? 
  • BrianMcFaddenfan07
    BrianMcFaddenfan07 Community member Posts: 262 Pioneering
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    Not yet. I might do later
  • Biblioklept
    Biblioklept Community member Posts: 4,764 Disability Gamechanger
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    It's only a small thing but it's one small step towards enrolling. Even if you can't do it this year, it'll build your confidence about navigating their website and like keep it in your mind. <3 I hope you find a way
  • BrianMcFaddenfan07
    BrianMcFaddenfan07 Community member Posts: 262 Pioneering
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