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Bexley youth unemployment: Sidcup Rotary Club success stories

PUBLISHED: 16:30 01 April 2013

Sarah Morris, teaching assistant at Merton Court Prepatory School. Pic by Derek Hope

Sarah Morris, teaching assistant at Merton Court Prepatory School. Pic by Derek Hope

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Two of the success stories from Sidcup Rotary Club give their views on the scheme.

Chelsea Williams, who has secured a temporary admin position at the job centre. Pic by Derek HopeChelsea Williams, who has secured a temporary admin position at the job centre. Pic by Derek Hope

Sarah Morris, 19, of Erith, landed work experience at Merton Park Preparatory School as a teaching assistant after attending Rotary Club sessions.

“The scheme helped me a lot. I’d been out of work for a long time and, though I kind of knew what I wanted to do, I didn’t know how to go about making the first step.

“I wasn’t completely sure what I wanted to do when I left school, but I love working with children and the experience I am gaining will be helpful to me in the future.

“I’m pretty bad at interviews and the Rotary Club also helped me write a more proficient CV.

“It gave me confidence and I’d recommend it to other people.

“I love what I’m doing at the moment and I don’t know if I’d have got this opportunity without the Rotary Club.”

Chelsea Williams, 20, of Woolwich, picked up some interview and CV tips after going to a session. She started work experience at Bexleyheath Jobcentre before getting an administration role at the Woolwich branch.

She said: “Anyone who is looking for work needs realistic and honest advice when it comes to CVs and interviews.

“The advice the Rotary Club offered us was what we needed to hear rather than what we wanted to hear.

“Erik talked about what an interviewer is really thinking, which made me take a new approach to my technique.

“The biggest thing for me was being honest in saying I didn’t know an answer to a question rather than trying to blag it and it was priceless to have access to the session.”


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