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It’s National Employability Day and we are celebrating the incredible impact that employment can have on people’s lives. Here’s Maisie’s story:

Chasing her dream

Maisie joined the Work and Health Programme in November 2020 following a period of unemployment after graduating with a degree in history. Her dream was to secure a role at one of the world class museums in Oxford, a new area of focus for our programme participants. However, the sector is renowned for being particularly tough to break into.

Maisie collaborated closely with her Activate Learning Change Coach Alice, to define her goals and set achievable tasks that met her requirements. Through regular job searching, a suitable opportunity with flexible hours was identified by Alice and Maisie prepared her application and supporting statement with input from her Change Coach.

Excelling at the interview stage

After being selected for interview for a role at a museum, a mock-interview session was arranged with the programme’s employability specialist to enable Maisie to be well prepared and confident going in to the three-stage panel selection process. Maisie performed well and received excellent feedback and an offer to join the team. A brilliant result! In the weeks between offer and start, Maisie is using her time to complete a Customer Service Course delivered by Activate Learning to formalise her previous retail experience.

“When I got to university, I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME). Despite medical advice to drop out due to my diagnosis, I obtained a Bachelor’s degree with First Class honours. This is my biggest achievement to date and I really look forward to seeing what is in store for me next as I start my role at the Ashmolean Museum once the lockdown is lifted and visitors can return.”

The sky’s the limit!

Maisie’s Change Coach Alice commented, “Maisie has grown in focus during our time working together and has been open to advice and trying different avenues to secure meaningful employment. I am really excited for Maisie as she launches her career within her ideal sector and I look forward to providing In-Work support to ensure a smooth transition back into work.”

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In partnership with Activate Learning. The Work and Health Programme is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions and the European Social Fund.

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