Zsuzsanna – Building Confidence After Leaving University
Zsuzsanna (31) from Newcastle joined Making a Difference after leaving university with a psychology degree. She was seeking advice for building confidence as well as CV guidance.
After a referral from the National Careers Service, Zsuzsanna signed up for the programme to overcome initial challenges hindering her from applying for jobs.
How Did We Help?
Zsuzsanna met with Olivia, an Employment Coach at Making a Difference. Together they set achievable goals for Zsuzsanna during her first appointment. On one hand, she wanted to gain confidence in her application skills and, on the other, develop her interview techniques.
Confidence building was Zsuzanna’s main goal. Therefore, she agreed with Olivia that she would benefit from attending a confidence building workshop hosted by Making a Difference. They also reviewed Zsuzsanna’s CV and cover letters, highlighting specific buzzwords to help her applications stand out to employers.
Leaving University and Finding a Job After Graduation
Zuzsanna had expressed anxiety towards future interviews. Together with Olivia, she practised in mock interviews, using the STAR method which helped to reflect on her answers in advance. Since then, Zsuzsanna reports that she often refers to this method and that it has helped her move forward with her job search.
Over the next couple of months, Zsuzanna successfully built her interview and application skills. The programme inspired her to look for voluntary work and allowed her to focus on her education to help with her dream of working for the police.
When asked about her experience with Making a Difference, Zsuzanna said:
“The support was life-changing and has helped my confidence a lot. This programme actually makes a difference and you get the help you need.“
Career Guidance To Get You Where You Want To Be
Making a Difference is an initiative match-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF). We help people of all ages find their way into work or training by providing tailored one-to-one guidance and support. Whether you are returning to work after a career break, considering working for the first time or simply want to try something new. We can help you figure out the next step for you.
Contact our friendly team to learn more and start your journey today!