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Workbook

> 1. Why should I read this?

> 2. What are my skills and qualities?

> 3. What kind of work can I do?

> 4. What are my goals? How do I acheive them?

1. Why should I read this?

The world of work has changed dramatically. Over the last ten years, we have seen the "job for life" go into terminal decline and job security become a distant memory. Few people today expect to work for one employer for a whole lifetime and more people recognise they will change careers, let alone jobs, more than once in their working lives. There are more part-time jobs than ever before and more short-term, contract and flexible working. There are also some new jobs. Take banking, for example. Fifteen years ago, paying in a bill meant a visit to the local High Street branch. Now you can simply pick up a phone and arrange your finances at any time of the day or night by talking to one of the thousands of people currently working in banking telephone centres.

Today's employment market still offers plenty of opportunities for fulfilling paid work but the rules of play have changed. Employers no longer take the lion's share of responsibility for employees' training and development or for plotting the course of employees' careers. It's now up to individuals to keep their skills relevant and up-to-date, it's up to individuals to ensure they are marketable employees and it's up to individuals to take over control of their working lives.

If you've been out of the workplace for a period of time, this may all seem a daunting task but help is at hand. Part of the job of WRN in association with the Grow Trust is to signpost people like you find a route back into work. We can provide advice, for example, on job and careers opportunities, on training and education and on childcare and eldercare provision. To begin with though, you'll probably need to think through some questions about your skills and the kind of work you'd eventually like to do.

This workbook will help you find the right answers. This workbook is for you if you've been out of work for any length of time, or you're in work but would like a change of career direction. You may be at home caring for small children or elderly relatives. You may be recovering from illness or managing a disability. You may be unemployed, redundant or working in a dead-end job with an uncertain future. Whatever the reason for your absence or dissatisfaction with the workplace, the workbook will help you take the first steps towards satisfying, paid work.

It will enable you to:

assess your range of skills and personal qualities

think
creatively about all the jobs and types of work
you could do

plan your route back into work.

Work through it and you'll have made an extremely useful start to your job search. Then call and we will help you take the next step towards achieving your workplace goals.

> 1. Why should I read this?

> 2. What are my skills and qualities?

> 3. What kind of work can I do?

> 4. What are my goals? How do I acheive them?

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