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Ways into Work

Parent with a baby, preparing to set off on their Way into Work

Looking for work can be a daunting prospect, especially if you have been out of work for a while. You might be unsure of your skills and not sure about which type of work you want to do. You might also be worried about changing from full time caring for your children to having to go out and spend time away from them.

This course will give you the tools to look at your skills and aspirations, and show you how to research and use opportunities.

If you’re a single parent looking for work or a new job, this course is written specially for you. If you’re not a parent, or you live with a partner, you’ll still find the course useful.

Ways Into Work Worksheet

You will learn more on this course if you record your answers. We have provided a worksheet for you to use, but you can create your own document or write your answers on paper if you prefer.

Choose the file type that is best for your computer/device  (right-click to download): Ways Into Work Worksheet (Microsoft Word version)Ways Into Work Worksheet (Rich Text Format)Ways Into Work Worksheet (Plain Text version)

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    1. Welcome to Ways Into Work

    There are many ways into work. This course will help find the right one for you. Welcome to Ways Into Work. This short course will take you through looking at your achievements, the skills… Read more

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    2. Your achievements

    As part of the process of finding work, you need to identify what you are good at, and why you are good at it. The skills you have used in your life achievements are… Read more

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    3. Finding a job to enjoy

    Many people enjoy their jobs, even work that isn’t to everyone’s taste! This exercise is about being aware of what you like to do and which skills you will need to find a good… Read more

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    4. Making the right choice

    Now that you have identified some of your skills and the things that you love to do, it’s time to start thinking about how this could relate to work. If you get badly sea-sick,… Read more

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    5. Ways to find a job

    Finding jobs using the internet Searching for jobs online is now one of the best ways to find a vacancy. A lot of jobs can be applied for by email or by an online… Read more

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    6. Is this the job for you?

    Writing a good application takes time, so make sure you use your time well. Before you apply for a job, you need to ask yourself some questions: How do you know if a particular… Read more

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    7. SMART goals

    Sometimes a job will require you to have certain qualifications and experience that you haven’t yet got. This part of the course introduces “smart goals” which can you can use for many things, including… Read more

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    8. Setting goals for you

    Setting your own goal and action plan When you set a goal, you also need to plan how you’re going to achieve it. Here are some examples of goals and action plans. I really… Read more

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    9. Conclusion

    Well done, you’ve completed the Ways Into Work course. We hope you now have a good idea of what kind of jobs to aim for, some goals to work towards, and some ideas of… Read more