Whether you are thinking about retraining, applying for jobs, starting your own business or just want some general advice about what to do next, there are a number of options to consider. To help you plan for the future, here are some guidance and links you may find useful:

Visit: Business GatewayElevator UK and The Start Up Loans Company to see what opportunities may be available to you.

Did you know?

The owner of ‘The Cat in the Window Café received help through Elevator UK and Business Gateway in order to set up her dream business due to the threat of redundancy in the Oil and Gas company she was working in.

The owner of ‘Melt’, the only grilled cheese sandwich shop in Aberdeen, received a loan from the Start Up Loans Company in order to set up her business after being made redundant twice in a six month period.

Applying and interviewing for jobs can be a daunting process for anyone; especially if it’s been some time since you last did this!

You may find it helpful to look at our tips on Writing a CV/Application form, a  CV Template and How to be successful at interview.

For more CV templates, please visit Jobs.ac.uk, and reed.co.uk for specific examples.

Don’t know where to start when completing a covering letter?

My World of Work provides templates and practical guidance for covering letters, CVs and application forms.

You may also find the websites below useful:

  • Pathways : Aberdeen based company that provides advice on updating your CV, completing application forms and helping you find the job you want
  • Monster Jobs CV Masterclass : provides practical CV guidance.
  • Be My Interviewer Website : allows you to practice and perfect your interview technique with the help of leading industry professionals.
  • My World of Work Career Support : produced by Skills Development Scotland, a My World of Work account can help you discover careers which match your skills, interests, education and experience.

You may find clicking on the following links useful in helping you prepare:

You may be thinking that now is a perfect time to retrain or take part in some further learning. Some of the opportunities on offer at the universities below may be of interest to you. Some courses have funding options available, and many are actually free!

Would you like to increase your digital skills as well as earn achievements that can be added to your CV?

Sign up to iDEA to earn the Duke of York Inspiring Enterprise Award. Think of this like the Duke of Edinburgh Award but for digital skills. Its free to sign up and can help you gain industry recognised awards to help you stand out from the crowd.

Visit the Making Ends Meet webpage for guidance on how to best balance your finances. 

For specific advice on your pension, please click on the relevant provider:

Did you know?

If you are a member of a union, most offer financial and/or legal advice as part of your membership.

Please click on the link to  your union to find out more information.

Absafe

Absafe is a local award winning charity that runs events to teach children about safety by taking them on an adventure. They are looking for people to deliver events to educate kids on health and safety.

You would receive full training and will gain transferable workplace skills such as communication, team work, health & safety, presentations, time management, interpersonal skills and group facilitation. They have sessions on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday every week!

To find out more about what opportunities are on offer and to get involved please click here or visit: www.volunteeraberdeen.org.uk/volunteers

Volunteer Aberdeen

Volunteer Aberdeen is run by ACVO TSI. Its purpose is to help the citizens of Aberdeen take action in their communities and empower them to make a difference to the wider world! To make this happen, the Aberdeen Volunteer Centre recruits volunteers and offers a wide range of volunteering opportunities for you to get involved in.

There is even the option to do Micro volunteering where you can do small, quick actions that make a big difference. You can do micro volunteering anytime, anywhere – at home, at work, during lunch or when travelling on the bus!

 

To find out more click here, and if you’re interested contact: Volunteers@absafe.org.uk

Visit the Making Ends Meet webpage for guidance on how to best balance your finances. 

For specific advice on your pension, please click on the relevant provider:

Did you know?

If you are a member of a union, most offer financial and/or legal advice as part of your membership.

Please click on the link to  your union to find out more information.

Absafe

Absafe is a local award winning charity that runs events to teach children about safety by taking them on an adventure. They are looking for people to deliver events to educate kids on health and safety.

You would receive full training and will gain transferable workplace skills such as communication, team work, health & safety, presentations, time management, interpersonal skills and group facilitation. They have sessions on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday every week!

To find out more click here, and if you’re interested contact: Volunteers@absafe.org.uk

Volunteer Aberdeen

Volunteer Aberdeen is run by ACVO TSI. Its purpose is to help the citizens of Aberdeen take action in their communities and empower them to make a difference to the wider world! To make this happen, the Aberdeen Volunteer Centre recruits volunteers and offers a wide range of volunteering opportunities for you to get involved in.

There is even the option to do Micro volunteering where you can do small, quick actions that make a big difference. You can do micro volunteering anytime, anywhere – at home, at work, during lunch or when travelling on the bus!

To find out more about what opportunities are on offer and to get involved please click here or visit: www.volunteeraberdeen.org.uk/volunteers

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