Penny is one of the CEC’s who works in the North West. She is extremely passionate about the work she does and tells us regularly ‘she loves being a CEC’. Recently as part of a good news story Penny wrote the following detail down which I thought would be nice to share with you.
“As a CEC (Communication Employment Consultant) my role is to provide effective communication to enable and assist Deaf jobseekers to gain employment and sustain it. To do this we assist with all aspects of job searching, including application forms, CV, job adverts and effective job searching, telephone calls, interviews and practise beforehand, confidence building and 1:1 with advisers. That really is just a short list of the things that we really do.
I have always considered that for someone to get and keep a job role there needs to be no outside complications interfering with their concentration. By that I mean any issues that they have at home whether it be benefits, money, parents etc. For me I look at what is happening in that person’s background first and assist and advise to help them to focus on job searching better.
The other thing I think is very important is to find a job that they actually like and want to do. At times it can be easier to apply for the first thing you see and push the client towards a role that is not really what they want to do. I always ask “what is your dream job?” and “what did you study at college and why?” To find a role that they enjoy and aspire to will help with the client’s enthusiasm and long term employment.
I absolutely love being a CEC. It is such a rewarding job. There is no better feeling than supporting someone to achieve their goals”.
For more information about becoming a Communication Employment Consultant, please contact Bob Marsh by email or on 01763 209001.