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How can I stay motivated during a job search?

18 Jun

Finding a job can be hard, and you never know how long you’re going to be looking for! As time passes you may get rejections and your budget may get tighter making it easier to get disheartened. You are likely to have highs and lows and these lows can have a bad effect on your mood and motivation.

However, this is exactly the time when you need to dust yourself off and put in more hard work than ever. Remember we fell down lots and lots of times before we learnt to walk. Key attributes of a successful job seeker are persistence and self-belief. Here are few tips to help you stay positive:

  • Start as you mean to go on – The first 30 minutes of your day are more important thank you think! This is the critical time that will affect your thoughts and actions for the rest of the day. Set your alarm as if you were going to work and don’t get up late, have a shower and take a walk to get some fresh air in your lungs. Have the mindset that looking for a job as a full time job. Get dressed to feel confident and positive about yourself, set times for breaks and when you will finish and what days you will have off from your job search.
  • Set up the right environment – It is important to have an organised, neat and tidy area in your home where you can run your job search from. It will help you stay focused on the target. This should ideally be equipped with a phone, computer and everything else you might find in an office
  • Set daily goals – Goals are important and will keep your mind focused on the things that are important and keep you feeling positive about your future. If you don’t have anything set to work towards you are then likely to achieve less. Make your goals SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely) and remember to celebrate when you achieve a goal – woo!
  • Create a support network – Having a group of friends or family that are aware of what you are trying to achieve is good as they can help to keep you motivated. Avoid anyone that will bring you down. Surround yourself with people that are positive and upbeat that will encourage and you to carry on.
  • Eat right – A healthy body generally leads to a healthy mind. Try to make sure you include lots of fruit and vegetables in your diet and try to stay away from fatty foods and try to limit your alcohol intake.
  • Law of averages. The more applications, calls, networking or visits you make the more chances you have of finding the job you want. You need to tailor your CV for each job. Set a goal of how many applications per week, how many people will see, how many recruitment agencies to contact etc…
  • Be positive and focus on what you can do, not what you can’t – Everyone will feel frustrated at some point during their job search. You would be a very lucky person if you have been interviewed for every job you have applied for – all you can do is learn from each knock-back and move on. Always remember what things you are good at and use these to keep you motivated. Focus on the skills you can do that are on your job specification rather than ones what you can’t.
  • Learn to manage stress – This may be an obvious one, but the less stress you have in your life, the easier life should be. To keep motivated & positive when job hunting try to manage your stress levels as best you can.  Try to also include exercise, managing your time and workload effectively and importantly time to de-stress by having hobbies or other non-work activities.
  • Get feedback and use it wisely – Take feedback seriously and use the positive feedback to keep you motivated.  If you said something or did something in an interview that you shouldn’t of, and this is fed back to you, remember not to do it next time.  Or if you have negative feedback about your product access if changes may need to be made. If you’re not getting asked for interviews it is worth getting someone to have a look through your CV. If you’re getting to the interview, but being rejected you should ask why not? It may be the case you were you only one person away from getting the job.
  • Enjoy and don’t give up – Job hunting is a time of transition and change and it can also be a very important time for self-development be patient and don’t expect too much too soon. Use this period to reassess your goals, find out what you really want to do and be the best you can be.

At Opportunity Plus we specialize in helping people get back into work or start their own businesses. If you would like any help with your job search or business ideas then please email info@opsw.co.uk. 

How is an Education and Training course beneficial?

5 Jun

My name is Ann and I teach and assess the level 3 Award in Education and Training for Opportunity Plus. There are a few people out there who have never heard of this qualification and quite a few more who reckon it’s of no use to them as they do not want to work in education.

Well, here’s my view on it:

Firstly, it’s a very enjoyable course, particularly when taken as part of a group. It’s my favourite thing to teach. It’s a great confidence booster and you do learn lots about yourself, as well as the topic. Taking part in the micro teach sessions as a learner is fun and also gives you a chance to learn about things you would not normally consider.

TeachingIf you have ever thought about teaching, or have skills that you would like to share with others it’s a fantastic starting point to a new career, or a stand alone qualification on its own. I got my first teaching job at a college due to possessing this qualification.

However the knowledge and confidence you gain can be put to good use in so many other ways. Are you a manager who regularly holds staff meetings which involves giving instructions? Are you a senior manager whose middle managers might benefit from having this short and useful qualification when dealing with their staff, looking at equality, diversity, individual need and different ways to make information giving fun and meaningful?  This course can give you a basic knowledge of how different individuals learn and respond, and ways to support those who struggle

Why not find out more by contacting our course support team on 0800 045 2440

A Micro-Teach experience – (Education and Training Course)

28 May

As part of the Education and Training course, all learners are required to conduct a Micro-Teach. A Micro-Teach assesses the more practical side of teaching – running a lesson.

This process may seem incredibly daunting to some (including myself at the time) but it’s in fact a great learning experience and thoroughly enjoyable.

I’m the kind of person who’s cheeks will rapidly become a deep shade of red just at the thought of addressing an audience. So the idea of teaching a class of adults really had me biting my nails. However, there was much more to it then standing and stuttering in front of my peers.

There is such a variety of talent within an Education and Training group so you are not given boundaries as to what you must teach in your class, and are encouraged to choose something you have good knowledge on or a hobby. I personally have a background in Art so for me it was an easy choice, at least that’s what I thought until I realised how broad this was.

Seemingly throughout this panic period I had forgotten the importance of planning within the teaching role. Everything started to come into place once we had been given a detailed example of a Micro-Teach lesson plan. Seeing the plan enabled me to think logically about each time slot of the 20 minute lesson and how I could fill it with something beneficial and relevant. Learners are to be engaged by the lesson and get fully involved, so I didn’t have to just stand at the front talking. In fact, it should be 70/30 Learner to teacher activity.

In the end I decided I would hold my Micro-Teach on speed portrait drawing, as this meant I could get everybody involved whilst fitting it into the small time frame. I was lucky that I had a background in such a practical activity as it made the ratio of talking and involvement easier to fulfil. When it came to the day itself there were still some lingering nerves but when I got started with my plan in close proximity it was all worth it.

If you prepare what you’re going to do and your subject then the Micro-Teach can be such a fun experience. The thing to remember is that all your learners on the day are going to be going through the same worried states and will be completely supportive of one another as they are in the same boat. Having the opportunity to watch the other teachers is also a fascinating part of the day and you may even leave with a lot extra knowledge.

All in all, do not fear the Micro-Teach, embrace it and enjoy all the possibilities it has!
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Please contact us if you want to know how to start an Education and training course.

Education and Training

20 May

Are you a hairdresser? A holistic therapist? An artist? Have you got a skill you could teach to others?

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This four day course serves as an introductory teaching qualification enabling learners to take their first step into adult education. It’s a very participatory and interactive course, and you will gain confidence in a variety of group activities, as well as finding out about inclusive learning, planning sessions and assessment.

“It’s one of the most enjoyable courses I’ve ever attended – really well organised and delivered.”

– JR, (a recent learner) 

Benefits of the course:

– Increase career opportunities
– Expand your current services
– Increase confidence and motivation
– Run your own workshops
– Self-employment opportunities

Our next course is running on the 12th, 13th, 19th and 20th of June in our Newton Abbot Training Centre. For more information or to book a place please email us at info@opsw.co.uk or call 0800 043 2440.

Payment can be made securely by BACS or debit/credit card.

Sheila Robb House,
Oak Place,
Lower Queen Street,
Newton Abbot,
Devon
TQ12 2EX

10% off with this code: OPSWJN14

Please note: You may be eligible for funding if you are in receipt of a work related benefit.

Ann Kinsey

Ann has a wealth of experience in the welfare to work sector, supporting people to find work or self-employment. Being part of a very successful employment-support team in Devon, she then went to the Thames Valley area to assist in the start-up of the Work Programme.

Ann has enjoyed her work tutoring young people, as well as her extensive voluntary contribution including running village football teams, arranging and raising funds for a tour of America, enabling young people to gain confidence, self-esteem and many new skills. She has also owned and managed a very successful Pub and Restaurant business in mid Devon. 

More recently she has worked for Exeter College as a programme coordinator and associate lecturer, delivering sessions in Functional Skills to young people, and Employability skills to adults.

“I really enjoy delivering the Education and Training Award course. There is so much variety and I get to meet some great people.”

Education and Training

6 Apr

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This four day course replaces the former PTLLS award and serves as an introductory teaching qualification enabling learners to develop knowledge and skills in Teaching and Learning. It is very participatory and interactive, and you will gain confidence in addressing groups of people over the 4 days, as well as finding out about inclusive learning, planning sessions and assessment.

“It’s one of the most enjoyable courses I’ve ever attended – really well organised and delivered.”

– JR, (a recent learner) 

Skills learned:

– First steps into Adult tutoring
– Increased career opportunities.
– Expanded services to offer.
– Experienced at planning and delivering teaching sessions.
– Helpful tips/information.

Opportunity Plus UK, Newton Abbot, TQ12 2EX
Special Offer Price: £230 (usually £350)
Payment can be made securely by debit/credit card, cheque, or cash by calling into our Teignbridge office. See below for contact  details.

How to Register: Email us at info@opsw.co.uk or call 0800 043 2440 to book your place.

Ann Kinsey

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Ann has a wealth of experience in the welfare to work sector, supporting people to find work or self-employment. Being part of a very successful employment-support team in Devon, she then went to the Thames Valley area to assist in the start-up of the Work Programme.

Ann has enjoyed her work tutoring young people, as well as her extensive voluntary contribution including running village football teams, arranging and raising funds for a tour of America, enabling young people to gain confidence, self-esteem and many new skills. She has also owned and managed a very successful Pub and Restaurant business in mid Devon. 

More recently she has worked for Exeter College as a programme coordinator and associate lecturer, delivering sessions in Functional Skills to young people, and Employability skills to adults.

“I really enjoy delivering the Education and Training Award course. There is so much variety and I get to meet some great people.”

Level 3 Award in Education and Training

20 Mar

Could you use your skills to help others?

This four day course replaces the former PTLLS award and serves as an introductory teaching qualification enabling learners to develop knowledge and skills in Teaching and Learning.

Our next course will be running on the 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 30th of April in our Newton Abbot centre. It’s a fun and participatory qualification which enables a person to teach groups of people aged 16+.

The course involves four days in a classroom, two written assignments, and a fifteen minute micro teach session. Each day runs from 9.30 – 4.30.

If you’d like to book a place or for more information please call 0800 043 2440 or email info@opsw.co.uk.

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Themed Face Painting – Level 1

4 Mar

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