New Year, New Job for RNC trainee
SES – completed 2017
NVQ Level 2 in Business & Administration
Sajid had been unemployed for approximately 20 months before he came to The Royal National College for the Blind (RNC). Prior to this he had a good career history and had previously held positons such as Senior Branch Manager for a firm of estate agents which, due to his visual impairment, he could no longer continue with. Feeling frustrated and fed up, he became socially isolated and was lacking in confidence.
“I felt like an outcast, no longer useful to society, and I had lost my self-belief,” said Sajid. “I had applied for a number of roles, and although I could get to the interview stage, I was never successful in securing a position.”
Since being on the Specialist Employability Support (SES) programme, the most important thing that Sajid feels has improved is his confidence. He has realised that his visual impairment does not have to be an obstacle to him in terms of finding employment. Importantly, Sajid feels that he has increased his knowledge of different technologies and has developed and enhanced his IT skills. He has learnt about equipment such as the braille embosser and has developed office skills, from using the laminator through to mail merge and Microsoft Access.
Sajid has worked on his interview techniques and application processes and has been regularly applying for roles refining his supporting statement. He has also become more physically active, using the College gym regularly, which has resulted in him losing over two stone.
Sajid has secured a full time role with the RNIB as a helpline advisor, which he begins in January 2018.
“I am feeling great now,” he said of his appointment. “I am really pleased to have this full time position with the RNIB. I can’t wait to move to Peterborough and throw myself into it!”
Sajid states: “All the staff at RNC have been very supportive and encouraging. They have believed in me, which has helped me to believe in myself again. Being in an environment with other people with a visual impairment has been really beneficial and I’ve learnt a lot from them.”
If you are currently looking for paid employment, contact your local job centre and speak to a DEA (Disability Employment Advisor) or Work Coach about the SES programme at RNC
Article written by Anika Backhouse, PR Publications and Outreach Officer at RNC