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50 Shades Brighter

Janice RobertsonIf you’ve been following the same career path all your life by the time you reach your fifties it can be scary to take the plunge and make a change. But that's just what Janice Robertson (57) decided she had to do.

After years working in retail and progressing to managerial positions, Janice wasn't happy so she was determined to do something about it. Finding a new job though was much more challenging than she'd expected. Janice, who has an Honours Degree in Marketing & Management, wanted to go down the administration route but after a series of unsuccessful job applications she gradually began to lose confidence in herself and felt like she was getting nowhere. She even started applying for positions that she wasn’t really interested in.

Eventually, through her local Job Centre, Janice attended an employability programme at Dundee and Angus College where she was encouraged to think about how she was marketing herself. She started to focus more on her administration skills and identify any gaps she could build on.
Soon Janice found her confidence growing again. She applied for a position at one company for the seventh time. On this occasion, with her newly worded CV and reinvigorated confidence, Janice was given an interview – it didn't lead to a job but it did boost her self-esteem.

Things are continuing to improve for Janice. She has just started a work placement with chartered surveyors in Dundee so her new career could be about to take off!

As Janice says, “I’d recommend this course to anyone. It’s a great opportunity and if you’re willing to put something in, you’ll definitely get something out.”