Designing Your Life: Build the Perfect Career, Step by Step by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans applies design thinking to career choice. “Using lots of real-life stories and proven techniques like reframing, prototyping and mind-mapping you will learn how to build your way forwards, step-by-positive-step, to a life that’s better by a design of your own making.”
Job-HuntingIf you’re aged 18-30, visit the Princes Trust website for numerous tools and resources to help you find a job. These include a free online course which is packed with videos, articles and interactive content to help you develop the skills you need to brush up your CV, perfect your interview technique and boost your confidence when searching for jobs. There are also dedicated e-mentors to help you along the way.
What Colour Is Your Parachute—with more than 10 million copies sold in 28 countries, the world's most popular job-search book is updated for 2018 and tailors Richard Bolles's long-trusted guidance with up-to-the-minute information and advice for today's job-hunters and career-changers. Bolles demystifies the entire job-search process, from writing resumes to interviewing to networking, expertly guiding job-hunters toward their dream job.”
Self-EmploymentThere are 38 Business Growth Hubs around the UK where you can obtain free or funded advice on starting your own business and search for local support schemes.
If you’re aged 18-30, The Princes Trust offer a free Enterprise programme. It starts with an information session followed by a four day interactive workshop. After that, you’ll receive support to set up your business and apply for funding. Once you’ve launched, you continue to receive support from an experience business mentor for up to two years. Click here to find out more.
The Princes Trust also offer a free online course to help you set up your own business. You’ll learn how to:
- Research your marketplace and competitors
- Build an effective pricing strategy and manage your finances
- Develop an exciting marketing strategy to bring in sales
- Write and deliver a quick pitch that'll get investors and customers interested
You can contact the government’s Business Support Helpline for free advice. Click here for details.
Mental Wellbeing Difficulties at Work
Heads UpHeads Up have created a self-disclosure tool to help you weigh up the pros and cons of disclosing your mental wellbeing difficulties with your employer. They also have a free printable guide with practical tips to help you plan the conversation about your mental wellbeing with your manager.
RemployRemploy’s Workplace Mental Health Support Service is a free and confidential service. Delivered by Remploy and funded by the Department for Work and Pensions, the service is available to any employees with depression, anxiety, stress or other mental wellbeing issues affecting their work. Conditions can be diagnosed or undiagnosed.
Their specialist advisors provide:
- Tailored work-focused mental wellbeing support for six months
- Suitable coping strategies
- A support plan to keep them in, or return to work
- Ideas for workplace adjustments to help them fulfil their role
- Practical advice to support those with a diagnosed condition.
Fit for WorkFit for Work offers free, expert and impartial advice to anyone looking for help with issues around health and work. You can contact them to discuss what types of support is available and what types of reasonable adjustments might make it easier for you to return to work and stay in work. Call freephone 0800 032 6235 or access their online advice hub.
Mind’s Wellness Action PlanMind’s Wellness Action Plan (WAP) is a “personalised, practical tool we can all use – whether we have a mental health problem or not – to help us identify what keeps us well at work, what causes us to become unwell, and how to address a mental health problem at work should you be experiencing one.
WAPs are also particularly helpful during the return to work process if you have been off work due to a mental wellbeing problem, as they provide a structure for conversations around what support will help you and what reasonable adjustments might be useful to discuss and consider with your manager.” Click here to download the full guide, including a template for your personal WAP.
MindWell LeedsThe MindWell Leeds website is an excellent resource featuring information and tools on:
- Work-related stress
- Mental health discrimination at work
- Advice on whether you should disclose mental health difficulties
- Available support
Problems at WorkThe Citizens Advice website features information on:
- Dealing with a problem at work
- Using early conciliation
- Making a settlement agreement with your employer
- Employer tribunals
- Dealing with grievances at work
- Discrimination at work
Alternatively, you can find your local branch to speak to someone in person here.