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Accessing employment support turned Jacob’s hobby into a career!

Accessing employment support turned Jacob’s hobby into a career!

Jacob had previously studied Physics at University but decided to take a break from his studies and look to find employment instead.

Jacob was referred to Works Better by his Work Coach at Job Centreplus after being unemployed for around 6 months.

He was looking to secure a role in scientific research but he understood that roles in this sector might be difficult to find in the local area. He was also looking for Admin and Data Entry but this is something he had limited experience in.

When Jacob started with Works Better his confidence was low and he was finding it difficult to find employers willing to give him a chance with the limited work experience. His CV was heavily focused on lab work and needed development.

Jacob attended Works Better Workshops aimed at strengthening applications, improving interview skills and increasing confidence. With the help of TSW and RSO he went on to further develop his CVs and created covering statements tailored to the different roles he was applying for.

He found that the workshops were a friendly and inclusive environment where he was able to explore ideas alongside other participants on how to improve his chances of getting through the recruitment process.

Whilst working on developing CVs and covering letters it came to light that Jacob had a keen interest in games development and this was something that he was involved in during his spare time.

It was clearly something that Jacob was passionate about and something his skills and experience lent themselves to. It was something that he was reluctant to disclose on applications and his CV as he felt there was a stigma attached to online gaming that might prevent him from being taken seriously by employers. We found a role with a local game developer for Quality Assurance tester and Jacob worked intensively with the team to submit a very strong application and was invited for interview.

Jacob came away from the interview feeling unsure of how it went, so the team thought it would be useful for Jacob to attend the ‘Meet the Job Connector’ event at Wakefield so we could get feedback on how he presents himself at interview and to speak to the Job Connectors about other potential roles.

Jacob got positive feedback from the event although it was mentioned that we might want to continue to build on his confidence to give him the best possible chance at interview.

Later that afternoon Jacob received an email from Team 17 to notify him that he was successful at interview and that they would like to offer him the position. Jacob has accepted a role with Team 17 in Wakefield as a QA Tester and will be starting with them on 19th November.

This is an opportunity for Jacob to build a career around something that he is passionate about as well as offering progression and personal development in something that he loves.


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