In many ways, being in a job that you don't like and has no future prospects, is more damaging to your psyche than being unemployed. That is where I found myself after I graduated from University with a first class Honours Degree. It was the worst year of the recession, and I struggled to find any work that even remotely resembled what I'd studied. I found myself falling between the cracks into dead end job land. Unfortunately, in those kind of jobs you spend a lot of time in your head thinking: Is this where I want to be for the rest of my life? Getting up in the morning, pulling on a uniform and name-tag, asking people if they'd like a bag with their change. I knew I needed to break free, but for ages I just didn't know how.

I searched the internet and filled out countless information requests to all sorts of courses because I was desperate and not sure what I really wanted. Pitman was the only one to actually call me back. I felt that was a good sign.

So I chose Pitman. I really enjoyed my course and Maria was very helpful in explaining the upgrading options to me. My confidence grew with each new module and I managed to pluck my self-respect out from where it had been hiding when I was part-time employed. The Pitman staff helped me adjust my CV to a better format and make my growing skills stand out. I then had the courage to apply for jobs I previously would have felt under-qualified and inexperienced for.

One month before I completed my Executive PA course, I was offered a job. It wasn't exactly what I was looking for but it seemed like some kind of salvation after being on the job seekers allowance for so long. I see it as a step on the ladder I'm climbing.

I'm now happy with the direction in which my life is heading.  My bank balance is happier too. The future doesn't feel so bleak anymore. Going to Pitman is one of the best decisions I've ever made. My only regret is that I didn't do it sooner.



---Anne-Marie , Swords ---