THE LifeWorks Families employment support programme could be just the thing you need to kickstart your job search or launch your new career.
It’s been designed by people who understand the challenges being an Army spouse or partner brings to employment, and runs regularly in garrisons throughout the UK, Germany and as far afield as Cyprus and Brunei.
Delivered with your Army lifestyle commitments in mind, LifeWorks Families is a three-day course covering crucial aspects of employability skills including CV writing, interviews and covering letters, with assessors on hand to help build your confidence.
A good move
Lindsey O’Reilly, who lives in Paderborn, said attending LifeWorks Families was one of the best decisions of her life, explaining: “As an Army wife of 22 years, I have prided myself on always finding employment no matter what the job or the country. With my husband only having two-and-a-half years left to serve, I started thinking about what career I’d like to take me into retirement.
“That’s when the horror kicked in that my CV was dated and my interview skills almost non-existent, so I signed up for the course.”
She added: “I felt nervous and started doubting myself and my abilities, but I brushed my worries aside and walked into the classroom – one of the best moves I’ve made.
“The coaches made me feel at ease and, with their help, I realised how much I have to offer – it opened my eyes to a lot of things I hadn’t thought about.
“By the end of the first day, I couldn’t wait for the next. I came away with more confidence and skills and the knowledge that if I need help down the line, be it five months or five years, LifeWorks will be there for me.”
How to sign up
The best experience is to attend a course in your area, but it isn’t always possible, so there are other options.
You can take advantage of telephone or remote support where an experienced career coach can help, or check out the LifeWorks online platform – visit wearelifeworks.org.uk/families or call 0800 319 6844.