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Reset, Refocus, Return © – Ewelina’s Story

The Reset, Refocus, Return © programme is specifically designed for people who have recently been made redundant or been out of work for less than 6 months and could benefit from some expert help and support to get back into work.

It combines practical recruitment training, maintaining health and wellbeing, positive mindset and focus. It increases motivation and confidence, understanding of recruitment, including processes and the employer’s perspective and then has 3 months proactive support into work.

We spoke to Ewelina, on her experiences before, during and after the programme.

In September, Jobcentre advisor called me and offered to participate in the Recro “Reset, Refocus, Return” course.

“I was sceptical, but I thought it would be a great opportunity to see other people online and exchange experiences. I did not expect anything more.”

How did you feel before joining the programme?
I did not expect much. I honestly thought it was another nonsense, a stranger telling me how to motivate myself to find a job. I expected jobcentre to help me find a job, send me to a suitable course that would help me improve my qualifications or retrain. I did not see any greater sense. I thought I would not find a job. Additionally, I am always very stressed by the fact that English is not my first language. I was afraid I could not handle it. I was afraid of the pressure, meeting new people, a new job. I was afraid to leave my child without me looking after her.

I was terrified that I would have to learn all over again. I lost a lot of self-confidence.

How did you feel after completing the programme?
I was full of new energy. Talking to others, total strangers who I probably would not have met in other circumstances made me feel more confident.
I knew I had to change my approach. Thanks to the course, I realised what is most important to me. I asked myself important questions and decided to look for the answers to them in job advertisements.

I felt stronger and started to treat finding a job as a challenge.

What were your key breakthroughs and takeaways from the programme?
After the first 2 hours of the course, I felt like I was not alone. I saw and heard other people having trouble finding a job. They talked about their lives and their dreams. People of all ages, having all kinds of jobs before they lost them. The course allowed me to focus on what is important to me, on what I really want. I started asking myself questions: Do I really want a job that I do not like? Is the location so important? After I completed the course, I knew that location, money or other work benefits are not as important to me as the company’s culture.

I came to the conclusion that if I focus on the company’s culture – a good company will offer me everything I am looking for. I got a lot of information on how to look for a job, how to change my CV, where to look for connections, what to do to make the employer notice you. How to make this extra mile.

Where are you at now? What work are you doing? Do you love it?
I am working the recruitment company specialising in defence sector as Administration Officer.

I found a job advertisement on the day I finished “Reset, Refocus, Return” course.
They were looking for someone with the right qualifications and a good sense of humour. It was a sign for me that this company must be great. So, I decided to do my best to get this job. I applied through Indeed and additionally found a direct e-mail to the company and wrote a mini, informal cover letter and attached my CV. The next day there was a reply in my e-mail, and I received a phone call inviting me for an online interview. A week later I got a job. “Indeed” sent me a notification that 153 people applied for the job I got. Job role was advertised on the other job search websites too. It feels great to know this.

The day before my job interview, I received a call from John which gave me a lot of motivation, I finally felt that I was able to get my dream job. “I know you could do this job with your eyes shut but you have to manage your stress during your interview” – he said. And I did.

I do not regret my decision. Even though I have only been working here for a month, I believe it is the best job I have had so far. Love it!

What would you say to people considering doing this or similar programmes?
Enrol in the course. Meet great Work Coaches. Meet the people. Get to know yourself better. Get a job. No-brainer

Is there anything else you would like to say?
I cannot thank you enough for all your support.