Getting back to work

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Overview

If you want to get back into paid work after a break, getting a job might be top of your list right now. However, it’s worth exploring whether some initial study, training or other experience will improve your chances of finding the right position.

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Whether you’ve been out of work for a period of time because of unemployment, illness, or a career break bringing up children, caring for older relatives or travelling, some time spent learning before or while you look for employment can reap rewards. It can give you:

  • the skills to improve your chances of finding employment or enter work again at a higher level or specialist role
  • the qualifications and skills you need to change career direction
  • the chance to develop a network of contacts who could help you get employment in the future
  • the opportunity to turn a hobby or interest into a business

You can improve your chances of finding work even more by volunteering or gaining work experience, e.g. through a Foundation Degree.

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