Careers advice to help your next steps

Anthony Willets with the Next Steps team; Emma Inglesant, Chloe Burt, Sylvia Masters-West and Gill Marshall.
Anthony Willets with the Next Steps team; Emma Inglesant, Chloe Burt, Sylvia Masters-West and Gill Marshall.
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IF you are looking for a fresh career challenge for the New Year or are out of work and would like a job then there is a service in Grantham that is waiting to guide you in the right direction.

Next Steps is a Government funded organisation, which operates from Connexions in Avenue Road.

It offers free career advice to adults, which includes everything from developing CVs and improving interview skills to building up confidence.

Anthony Willets, 50, of Kestrel Court, Grantham, started using the service in November and three weeks later he had a new job.

He said: “It’s a good service and I was impressed by how quickly they found me a job.”

Anthony was desperate to get back into work to support his family after he was made redundant six months ago but he had never had a CV and he did not know where to start.

He said: “I was down. I looked everywhere for a job but there was nothing there. I’ve learnt a lot over the years but I didn’t realise the skills I had got.”

The Next Steps workers helped Anthony with his CV and to build up his confidence and it was not long before the job offers started.

He said: “Hopefully this will be a great new year. I hope to go up from here and get more work.

“I would recommend the service, they are friendly, helpful and they listen. I’ve even got a slight learning disability and they helped with that.”

As well as career advice the Next Steps staff can also advise on things like training opportunities and childcare.

Next Steps advisor Gill Marshall said the project has had a good success rate since it started in August.

She said: “We help people with things like confidence, interviews and CVs but it’s the people who get the jobs themselves.”

Help is available online, over the phone, one-to-one or in a group session.

For more information call 01476 404060 or go to www.direct.gov.uk/nextsteps