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Hawzhin stood with her certificate infront of lorry
After years living thousands of miles apart, Hawzhin finally reunited with her husband, got her own home in Lancashire and started her dream career.

Hawzhin’s husband moved to the UK to try and improve his life, leaving her in Iran until he was settled in and she could follow him over.

Hawzhin continued working as an English Teacher but missed her husband and couldn’t wait to be reunited with him again.

For two years they lived thousands of miles apart, Hawzhin in Iran, her husband in the UK. Eventually he qualified for the right to become a UK resident and was able to send a visa so she could join him. “After such a long time of being apart, I was so happy we were finally back together,” she says.

Hawzhim admits that adjusting to her new life in a new country was a little challenging – not least of all because her teaching qualifications weren’t recognised here, making it hard for her to find a job. She decided she needed to rethink her career path and, after a trip to the local Job Centre, was referred to the National Careers Service.

“I wasn’t very hopeful that anything would come out of it,” Hawzhin says, “but after just one session with Emma, my Careers Adviser, she managed to get me a job.”

After giving up thoughts of carrying on with her teaching career, Hawzhim had decided she wanted to become a Truck Driver and had already taken the first steps in this new direction.

“Emma was so impressed when I told her I’d passed my UK driving test and obtained my Class 1 UK lorry driving licence in just six months;”Hawzhin proudly told us.

“Emma was so amazing, respectful and encouraging.”

Emma explained how she supported Hawzhin during their sessions; “We re-wrote her CV, building on the skills she had gained through her experience in Iran. We also discussed options for finding work, including hand delivering copies of her CV to potential employers, so they could meet her in person.”

Hawzhin sat in Lorry Hawzhin told us; “While looking at different companies, Emma mentioned one local firm and gave me their contact information. So, I emailed them, and they got back to me; something no other company had done.” 

Careers Adviser Emma added; “I also knew of a haulage company in my home town of Lancaster, which is not too far away from Preston where Hawzhin lives.

“We found a list of vacancies and a printable application form. I arranged to print off copies of Hawzhin’s CV, and the application form, and put them in the post for her.” 

After Hawzhin went for a few assessment days, she was offered her dream job!

“I’m so happy to have this job, it’s always been my dream to be a truck driver, and now I can finally do it.”

Even though there are still a few things for Hawzhin to tick off her list, she has managed to get a mortgage and is settling into her new role. 

Also, and most importantly, she still has hope; “Even though we are still facing challenges and things aren’t quite as we’d like them, we have our own house, and we are saving for the rest. I have a new lease of life, and I believe everything happens for a reason.”

“I just want to say thank you to Emma and the National Careers Service; she was so lovely and kind and really helped me.”

“I am just looking forward to having a happy home again.”

We are so pleased we have been able to help Hawzhin and wish her and her husband the best of luck in the future. We will be here if she needs further free support as she continues on her career journey.

And if you’d like more information on how we can support YOU, just give us a call on 0800 100 900 or visit our website at


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