Hi <<First Name>> ,
  Issue no.3  
- Occupation changes
- Amelia Asks free talks
- Local apprenticeships and traineeships
- Career Q&A with a graduate
- Adult guidance 
There is evidence to suggest that there will be a need for occupational change and retraining.
This will come as no surprise to anyone and was just one of the areas for discussion at a Career Development Institute webinar I attended recently. 
When you lose a job there is often a sense of numbness, mourning the loss of a career we loved, the people we worked with and the worry about how we find the resilience to move forward through training and guidance to find new careers.

For most young people aged 16-18 years, whilst having had a disruptive year, the impact of career change will be minimal although it may involve them reconsidering their college course or A level choices.  For those 18 years or over, who were considering university, they may be thinking of taking a gap year until face to face study options become the norm once again.

But what about those students who had an apprenticeship opportunity that is no longer available and students graduating this year will have seen a reduction in graduate opportunities  And, young people who have been made redundant? How will they find work in a recession where the market will be even more competitive?
They need ideas and tools to help them with this so I've written a short blog to offer some key points.  Click the link and check out the 5 things a young person can do to help them catch the eye of an employer!
Jampacked Blog
Amelia Asks 

Members of The Amelia's Young Consultants' Programme have developed and organised a series of FREE online events to offer insights into the careers of professionals from the arts and heritage sector.

The Young Consultants' Programme offers local residents aged between 16 and 25 the chance to gain experience in the arts and heritage sector as well as help to shape the future programming at The Amelia in Tunbridge Wells.

Click below to explore the talks and find out more about becoming a Young Consultant!
Amelia Asks

Keep looking at the government apprenticeship website for new positions – currently, there are 54 opportunities within 15 miles of Tunbridge Wells –here are just a few:
Apprentice business admin level 3
Tonbridge, closing date 1.9.20

Apprentice Electric Installation 
Tunbridge Wells, closing date 21.8.20

Apprentice Service Technician Level 3
Hildenborough, closing date 24.8.20

Apprentice Service Activation Coordinator Level 3
Kings Hill, closing date 27.8.20

Apprentice Digital Marketing
East Grinstead, closing date 4.9.20

Apprentice IT Support 
Tunbridge Wells, closing date 20.8.20

These are two new trainee positions:
Trainee Lettings Negotiator
Tonbridge, no closing date shown

Trainee Insurance Advisor
Tonbridge, no closing date shown

I'm interested in how young people are adapting in a difficult job market, so today I’m chatting with Emma De Silva, a local entrepreneur and a graduate in Fine Art and Illustration, to find out what she’s been doing since she graduated and how she manages her days and keeps motivated during a recession.
Q.  Emma tell me what you thought you might be doing when you graduated and what has been the reality for you?
When I graduated last summer, I thought that I would be job hunting for a long time. However, thanks to an incredible stroke of luck I got accepted for a part-time marketing graphic design job the day I got home! However, the hours became sparse and so my reality is that I am not earning what I expected by this time. It's been a year and I still haven't seen a 'normal' monthly paycheck!

Q.  Tell me a little more about your businesses
and how you find work?

Due to low hours in my marketing job, I found I had lots of time to do other things. I built up my art Instagram with shots of my chalkboard art, doodles and graphic design work from my job. Some connections, through work, led to projects like designing a logo. Instagram got me my first portrait commission and my friends' side hustles helped me with branding packs. Work can come from anywhere which is exciting.
Q.  What things are you learning as you find your
way in your career?

I'm learning that loving what you do is the most important thing, more than anything else. I wanted to be in marketing when I graduated, as I thought being an illustrator was unrealistic and wouldn't get me any money (despite choosing an art degree!)
However, after being inspired by some women and really thinking about what makes me happy, I decided to set out on the path of becoming a freelance illustrator and designer (which is what I wanted all along deep down).
I've learnt due to the lockdown that my dream isn't so distant after all, and has actually become my reality much quicker than expected. Freelancing is now a viable career option for me and has kept me afloat financially when I have no other income.

I'm also learning that if you really love what you do, then opportunities pop up, you just have to keep your eyes peeled for them :) 

Q.  What skills do you find you need in running a business?
I think being organised and having self-motivation are the most important things, but these come easily if you like the work you do! Also, patience when dealing with clients/ customers!

Q. Who do you look up to in your industry that has inspired you?

I owe almost everything I've built up since graduating to a Youtuber illustrator called Katherine Kay (Katnipp illustration). She has inspired me so much with her life, art and energy. I wanted to be like her and own my own illustration business, and I actively took steps to make that happen. I saved up for an iPad to make digital art, made my own website and started selling on Etsy to emulate her success, so far it's worked and I wouldn't be here without her.
Q.  Emma, what would be your 5 top tips to encourage young people to try new things and develop alternative career options?

  1. I encourage you to listen to your own inner voice and not give in to any family/friend pressure when choosing a career. Go at your own pace and follow what you're genuinely interested in, you'll thank yourself years down the line.

  2. Do some free work experience/shadowing in your desired industry if you have any free time, even 1-2 hours a week (I did this for interior design before learning it wasn't right for me - too much maths!) It's invaluable to find out the realities of working in your 'dream' job and what's required to be successful there.

  3. Do what you love, and you'll never get tired of it down the road. You've only got one life, so do it your way.

  4. Don't be put off from initial setbacks when trying a new job, it might just be the specific company, colleagues you have or place you're at - not the actual work itself. 

  5. Talk to someone who's worked in your desired subject area or a careers advisor, someone who knows the pitfalls and strengths of working in that industry. You might find out a lot of surprising things you couldn't foresee!
Check out Emma’s website here! 
You can also find her on Instagram @picnicpieillustration

I'm thinking about creating a short coaching programme for adults to successfully job search opportunities in a recession.  I want to give you innovative methods you will need to widen a job search but also find opportunities that others won’t know about and finally, to show you how to create opportunities from zero vacancies.  
What it would look like:
- September start
- 10 people or so
- 2 x 1hr interactive zoom training
- 3 x 30 min one-to-one phone check-in - my focus on your situation - with knowledge, feedback and guidance.
I’m researching the idea first because I thought you might like to help shape the programme so that everyone takes away what they need to get something that is truly valuable and is key to finding new opportunities in a tough job market. 
I would love to get your feedback on the idea! 
Please drop me a note to ->
Best wishes,
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