Kim was an Accounts Manager at a sheet metal factory in Chichester for over 30 years, but at the age of 60 she found herself unemployed when the firm closed.
Understandably, Kim was concerned about finding a new job. “The last time I had a job interview was in 1988! I didn’t know where to start when it came to job hunting and updating my CV, and I was worried about modern interview techniques. I felt disappointed, defeated and quite overwhelmed with the situation.”
Kim’s handler at the Job Centre suggested she get in touch with Routes.
“Initially I thought Routes would be just another ‘going through the motions’ experience, with one application after another. But after a couple of sessions with my Routes Advisor I felt excited and more confident in my abilities. They made me realise that there were opportunities available to me, which has been hugely motivating.”
“Because of lockdown I haven’t actually met my Routes Advisor in person, but we communicate regularly via WhatsApp. I feel that I’m being listened to by someone who cares how I get back into work, and not just any work.”
Kim has completed a Business Studies course online and is currently retraining in a different area to her accounts background.
“I have been offered a great part time job that uses my original area of expertise, but I have learnt not to just accept that I am restricted to this line of work and I have plans to set up my own small business doing something different.”