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Help! I’ve been made redundant and I can’t find a job!

I am 29 years old and BSL deaf living in the North of England. I am leaving my current job as I have taken voluntary redundancy for next month. I am struggling to find a new job – will you help me? So far I’ve been to the local Jobcentre and Remploy. Any other places I can try?

Naseem

Deafauntie says:

I don’t know enough about you to help. Remember, though, that there are thousands of unemployed people right now, so whatever you do – it won’t be easy.
Your employer should be helping you in your job search as part of your redundancy package. What have they suggested so far?
(I find most employment advice unhelpful, but you have to start somewhere).
Filling in forms and applying for any job won’t work either. Instead, take the opportunity to sit down and think about what you’d like to do next. Talk to as many people as you can about your ideas, and find out what they are doing. It’s worth visiting your local Deaf Club, to see what’s happening there too. Start like this tomorrow and see what emerges!

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3 responses to “Help! I’ve been made redundant and I can’t find a job!

  1. Hi Naseem. A couple of points for you…

    If you haven’t done so already, make sure you discuss your situation with the Disability Employment Advisor (DEA) at your Job Centre, rather than just with the staff behind the counter. Here’s some info copied from the Job Centre website:

    DEA’s can offer:

    An Employment Assessment to identify what work or training is most suitable
    Information to people about jobs that match experience and skills
    Information about employers in the area who are Disability Symbol users
    Referrals to specialist Jobcentre Plus programmes for disabled people
    Access to Work to help disabled people to tackle some of the practical obstacles they may encounter at work. It offers practical help and advice in a flexible way
    Information on where to find out more about the Disability Discrimination Act and the protection it gives.
    Information on local and national disability organisations of and for disabled people
    Residential Training providing an individually tailored combination of guidance, learning in the workplace, work experience and approved qualifications.

    The other point I’d make is that I know from experience that organisations that provide personal care to deaf folk are often interested in recruiting BSL users so that they can provide care to Deaf service-users. There might be an opportunity here for you.

  2. I’m deaf and a careers consultant. You’ve had some good advice above. This is an opportunity for you to reflect on where your strengths and interests lie, and how you can capitalise on them. Have you considered self employment?

    A couple of websites I recommend to clients who are feeling ‘lost’ are
    http://www.prospects.ac.uk/myprospects_planner_login.htm
    http://www.careers.lon.ac.uk/sortit/
    If you can, it is a good idea to follow up your research with a guidance session with a careers consultant.

    Good luck!

  3. Having just helped a young man with his career as a friend in London, One thing I like to add here is to think about your ambitions and dreams. Where do you want to go and how do you visualise your life at 30, 40, and 50 and so on….

    Sometimes it is all to easy to get caught up in the work and forget your original dreams, and aspirations in the process and then you come to a stage of regrets,

    So this is an opportunity for you to make the most of your money. Think about what you want to do, and potentially be prepared to use some of your money to help you ie move to the right area, or start a small business,

    This young man I helped wanted to be an actor, a crazy career choice really in this day and age. But it is what he wanted to do. So he moved to London, got into college, and since then he has never looked back. He is currently doing work filming in Camden, and loves his life. It does not matter that he is not a famous actor but what he has done so far has been an interesting road and now leads to all sorts of opportunities because he worked hard and is beginning to prove himself.

    So sit down, dont panic, and make that right choice for yourself and no one else. It is your life and you only have one chance at it.

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