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How to get ready for working life post-lockdown

Been off work for a while or furloughed? It’s a good chance to take stock and improve your skill-set to give you the best chance of progressing in your career.

Assess your skills

If you’re looking for a new job, take the National Careers Services’ skills assessment (external website) to find out what careers might be right for you. You never know, you might just come across something you never considered before (aerospace engineer anyone?).

Take a look at the thousands of critical jobs in growing industries (external website).

Develop your skill-set

Whether you’re considering a new job or getting ready to go back into your current job, think about areas you’d like to develop in. Want some tailored, free advice on learning opportunities? Take a look at government organisations that provide advice on skills and training for no cost. They also have a databases of courses available. Go to My World of Work (external website) (Scotland), Careers Wales (external website) (Wales) or the National Careers Service (external website) (England).

If you’re looking for digital and numeracy courses, The Skills Toolkit (external website) has free, high quality courses from a range of providers such as Google Digital Garage, Lloyds Bank and Open University. also have numerous free courses (external website) which can help aid your personal development, such as Essential IT skills and Understanding Autism.

Gain experience through volunteering

Volunteering gives you the chance to do things you haven’t done before, or recently. It’s also a great way to gain experience if you’ve been out of work for a while or are leaving education, boosting your chances of gaining paid work. It demonstrates to employers that you’re motivated, capable and able to develop yourself while unemployed. You can volunteer right now – find out how to help in your local area (external website).

Update your CV

You’ve updated your skill-set and gained work experience; the next step is to get it down on paper or screen! It’s easy to wait until the last minute to update your CV (right before the application deadline), but now’s the time to get your CV in check. The National Careers Service (external website) has some great CV advice.