Our interactive peer learning sessions are designed to support you if:
- You're unemployed and looking to prepare to apply for work, volunteering or further study.
- You'd like to build your confidence through exploring your skills, strengths and opportunities.
- You are worried about your current job security and would like to discuss your options.
- You'd like to explore a change in job or career after a period of self reflection during lockdown.
We'll discuss a range of topics from reflecting on our strengths and skills, discussing our potential opportunities, networking, how to write successful CVs and application forms and how to prepare for online interviews.
The sessions are available to anyone living with HIV who is looking for a safe peer supported space to connect with others and learn about applying for work, setting professional goals and planning how to achieve them.
Each learning event is led by Ruth Burns, an experienced group facilitator and manager of our personal development Work Positive programme. Ruth is accompanied by peer co-facilitators living with HIV.
The sessions are interactive and include a mixture of information and small group discussions to share ideas and learning. You can sign up to all the sessions or join them individually as needed.
How to sign up
You can join via video or audio and will need either a phone, smartphone, tablet or computer. Once the meeting registration link is available, you can register for the session. Meetings links will be sent out by email.
Our meetings use Zoom, video conferencing software that you can use to access online meetings for free.
Building confidence: what are my strengths and where are the opportunities?
Date: Thursday 2 July, 6pm to 7.30pm
In this session we'll look at building our confidence for today's labour market by reflecting on our skills and strengths and identifying any professional opportunities.
Applying for work: where do I look and how do I do it successfully?
Date: Thursday 16 July, 6pm to 7.30pm
In this session we'll look at applying for jobs, including where to search for job opportunities and how to be successful in making applications.
Benefits and work: what are my options?
Date: Thursday 23 July, 2pm to 3.30pm
In this session we'll look at understanding different options for work and benefits and how to access them.
How to write a successful CV
Date: Thursday 30 July, 6pm to 7.30pm
In this session we'll look the how to put together a successful CV, with hints and tips on layout, content and how to sell your experience and skills.
How to succeed at interviews
Date: Thursday 6 August, 2pm to 3.30pm
In this session we'll look at interview preparation, technique and how to practice for online and in-person interviews.
What are my professional goals and what tools do I need to achieve them?
Date: Thursday 13 August, 6pm to 7.30pm
In this session we'll look at what tools we need to succeed in reaching our goals.