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Caring for Others

If caring for others has meant that you’ve been out of the workplace for a long time then you may feel slightly anxious about returning to a work environment. It is only natural to have concerns about the job application process, whether things have changed since you were last in work, whether you need to update your skills and some of the practicalities involved in moving back to working on a day-to-day basis.

Whatever your concerns however, there are organisations and schemes out there to help you and there are many things you can do to prepare the way for a return to the workplace.

  • Update your CV with all the transferable skills you’ve been using while caring for someone such as planning, organising, communication skills, money management, counselling etc.
  • Speak to potential employers about opportunities for flexible, part-time or home working that may suit your circumstances and help ease you back into work.
  • Plan in advance how you will deal with some of the practicalities of returning to work such as transport and child care. That way you will be more relaxed in the workplace.
  • Have a look at Directgov’s website for information on how returning to work will affect carer benefits you may currently receive.
  • Look at the Returning to Work link for your local area to see suitable back to work schemes near you

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