Many of us know that finding work can be a job in itself. However, as Andy Mahady reports, there is help out there.
Ealing Council runs three weekly job clubs which are helping residents plan and think through their journey into work.
As you would expect, work clubs provide help with CVs, application forms, job searches and interview technique. They also refer people to vocational training and further education opportunities.
Finding work and opening doors
Aikaterini Kasampali, a qualified aviation research analyst, joined the Ealing Broadway job club in January after arriving in the UK from Greece. Despite being highly qualified and keen to get a job she found herself unemployed for 12 weeks, with no luck in getting into the aviation industry.
“After two months at the Ealing Broadway club I secured a sales position at Heathrow Airport. Although sales is a new field, I’m enjoying it and doing well. Just as importantly I’m now part of the Heathrow community, and I’ve recently been offered membership of the International Air Transport Association. Getting a job at Heathrow has helped me to make new contacts, get me the right introductions and is definitely opening new doors for me. I’m confident that being part of the Heathrow community will make my future career moves much easier.”
Aikaterini’s advice to those looking for employment is clear: “Attend your local work club every week and stay positive. It’s inevitable that you will get rejections, but stay focused on the positives and your next steps. Doors will eventually start to open.”
Anyone living in Ealing and looking for a job is welcome to attend any of the clubs. You do not need to make an appointment, just call-in, and start planning your journey into work.