New Year, New Job?

The New Year is traditionally a time of resolutions, new starts and reviewing our goals. If one of your goals for 2016 is around employment (getting into work, getting a better job or moving into self-employment) please read on!

First of all, back to basics. What is your motivation for this employment goal? Income is likely to be a part of it, but are there other factors? Benefits from working can include having a purpose, using existing skills, learning new skills, doing something you enjoy or feel is important, having a structure in your life, the social aspects of working with other people, a feeling of accomplishment, or just getting out of the house and doing something different – there could be a multitude of reasons. Figuring out what your motivations are will help you decide what to do. For example, if the social side of work is important to you, working from home probably won’t meet your needs. If you want the freedom to make your own decisions, maybe self-employment or stating your own business are worth exploring.

The next thing to consider is what kinds of work you can and want to do. This involves an internal audit – what are you good at? – as well as an external audit – what opportunities are available? Alongside these are other considerations like your circumstances. Do you need a regular, predictable income, or could you manage with a variable income month to month? How many hours would you want to work? How far could you travel? What support (e.g. financial, physical, adaptations, or reasonable adjustments) might you need, and are these available?

You may have already decided which direction you would like to go in terms of employment, so what are your next steps? If you are looking for employment or promotion, how current is your CV? Where will you look for work (e.g. Evenbreak job board, disability journals or any other sources)? What do you have to offer that will make you particularly attractive to a prospective employer?

If you want to be self-employed or start your own business, you will be thinking about planning. Do you have the resources you will need? Who will be your customers? How will your offering beat those of competitors? How much will you charge?

Answering these questions is a great start to planning your activities for the coming year. Decide what your goals are in terms of employment, and then think of all the ways you might achieve those goals. Write down your options, and the actions you will need to take in order to explore them further.

You might decide to try a number of options – for example, applying for jobs in a field you are familiar with as well as looking for jobs in a different field in which your transferable skills can be used. Volunteering or work experience can be a good way of “testing” a new field to see if it fits with you.

Whatever your employment goals in 2016, I hope you achieve them and enjoy the journey!

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