September marks the start of the new term for schools and universities across the country but it also brings about the end of the government’s furlough scheme, removing what has been vital support for many households and leaving numerous jobs at risk. Navigating changes at work and in your career can be hard, but you don’t have to do it alone.  

Setting up your CV

Updating your CV can make all the difference when looking for a job or promotion. It can be difficult to know where to start, but thankfully there are lots of resources out there to help.  The National Careers Service, which has a handy CV writing guide including information on what to include and tips to help make you stand out as a job candidate. Target Jobs also have a whole range of advice and guidance on getting started with a CV as well as covering letters. 

If you’ve had time off work due to the pandemic, you are not alone in this situation and it’s hoped most employers will be understanding of the challenges caused by lockdowns and the furlough scheme. However, if you are worried about this impacting your CV, Prospects have some useful tips on looking at gaps in your CV. 

Have you thought about apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships are a great option to consider when looking at careers in the industry. They will help you learn the skills you need to know to excel in your chosen field on the job, as well as allowing you to earn a wage. You can really take in a lot from the people you are surrounded by who might have years of experience and learn transferable soft skills that will stand you throughout your career.  

There are lots of different levels of apprenticeships so you can find something to suit you, whether you are just starting out in your career or you’ve been in a job for many years and wish to progress where you are in your role. 

The BPIF offer a range of apprenticeship qualifications for roles within the sector, from customer services to operations. 

Support from The Printing Charity 

We know that money worries can occur as a result of changes in the workplace, but we’re here for you. We can offer people short term grants to help them get back on their feet whilst they are looking for further work, just like how we helped Daniel when he was made redundant. Our team look at all applications with a holistic view, so you get the right help – get in touch

Our free, confidential helpline is there to provide practical and emotional support whenever it’s needed. Available Monday to Friday 8am-8pm, our trained information specialists will try and help you find out what you need to make a plan to move forward. You can also talk to our counsellors 24/7 about anything that might be troubling you, including any work related issues or changes at work. 

We also work with outplacement specialists Renovo, who are there to help when people are facing changes in their jobs. They cover a number of things from CV writing, career coaching, and workshops to help people who might be impacted by site closures with practical support.