Debbie joined us for an Include IT course, in a WEA project in Merseyside. When she joined the project her confidence using computers was low and, at times, this made her feel a bit down.
“Not being able to the basics on a computer or tablet was getting embarrassing, and really limited my life. I wanted to be able connect with others who felt like me and develop my skills in a non-judgemental and friendly environment, and that’s what the WEA offered.
At the time I was job-hunting. I needed to create a CV and cover letters to support job applications, and to be able to search and apply for jobs online. Digital job hunting was daunting. My tutor helped me along each step – carefully explaining the landscape and step by step what to do online.
Once successful in securing an interview, the concept of a virtual interview was the next barrier. My tutor was great. She prepared me for interviews, both online and face-to-face. I was well rehearsed. And, the final touch, was that the WEA provided me with a Kindle Fire 7 – no longer was I reliant on others to do my searching, applying and interviews.
I’m delighted to tell you that I’ve been successful in securing a job in a local school, working lunch hours which is perfect to fit in with my caring responsibilities. I’m grateful for the help the WEA provided on this journey.”