Losing your job can affect many parts of your life and make you feel anxious about the future. Whether you’ve lost your job, been made redundant or you are at risk of redundancy, you may be worrying about:
- Paying your bills
- Maintaining the skills you need to do your type of job
- Your wellbeing and mental health
- Taking care of your family or caring responsibilities
Our advisors in Adult Learning can support you in this very stressful time and you will be given a dedicated advisor who will listen, understand and give you Information, Advice and Guidance on what you can do to help you refocus – retrain – reskill.
We can support you to look for work:
- You may want to find a job as soon as possible, there are many jobs advertised online and we can help support you find where to look.
- You may need to update your CV and we can help you with ways to improve your CV
- Many interviews are taking place remotely; over the phone or through video conferencing. We can give you interview advice and support you with common interview questions and help you to prepare so that you feel confident during an interview.
- We have courses to help you look for work. Find out more here. (link to new Skills you may need for work page)
- We offer a range of skills development training, as well as courses for specific professional qualifications. Visit our training page to find out more.
Redundancy is a type of dismissal from your job. It happens when your employer needs to reduce the workforce.
You have rights in redundancy that may make the process easier.
Other tips to support you if you have been made redundant:
- Maintain a daily routine
- Learn a new skill or improve an old one
- Stay in touch with old friends and colleagues
- Separate out a work and home space while you’re applying for job
Manage your money
If you have lost your job, money can often be the cause of stress and worry. The Citizens Advice Bureau can help with all aspects of money and debt topics, including:
- Seeing if you’re eligible for benefits
- Getting help if you can't pay your bills or learn how to make a payment plan
- Learn how to manage your money on a reduced income
- Find out how financial planning can help you to become financially resilient
- Unemployment may also provide you with an opportunity to keep your skills up to date or learn a new skill.
Help and support
You could take the opportunity to change your career. We can support you with information, advice and guidance. If you’d like to find out how we can support you to change your career or if you’re not sure about your next steps, you can arrange a conversation with an adviser.