Jaden’s story

My name is Jaden. I am 22 years old and I came into contact with the employment services at the Lewisham Early Intervention Service (LEIS) towards the end of 2020, having graduated from university in the same year. Having initially decided to do a law postgrad course immediately after university, I soon decided that specific route wasn’t for me and was unsure what I wanted to do next.

I engaged with the careers support at my university, but when I found out that there was careers support also given by the early intervention scheme I jumped at the opportunity to further explore my career options and also develop my job searching techniques.

I worked with my employment specialist, Sarah, and we worked on several different aspects of the job hunting process, such as going over my CV, doing a mock interview and tips on accessing the hidden job market. What was just as useful for me personally during this process was Sarah’s constant encouragement that I was doing the right things and that an opportunity would certainly arise.

During job searching, maintaining hope amidst the constant rejections and frequent non-responses can be one of the most difficult aspects, therefore Sarah’s constant encouragement was extremely helpful in allowing me to settle into a regular routine and stay consistent.

I believe the most important aspect of my job search was being in this regular routine which I ensured was as organised as possible and followed the traditional work schedule of a normal 9am to 5pm day.

I was able to secure both a part time and full time job that will commence immediately after the part time job is completed. I would like to thank Sarah for her support throughout this process and would advise anyone in a similar situation to get into a regular routine, keep a balanced approach to other aspects of life and most importantly stay positive and the right opportunity will certainly arise.

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