Our Getting You Back To Work team comprises of 14 highly skilled Employability Consultants who work with veterans with health conditions to find jobs within their local communities. Katy is our Employment Consultant in the South of England.
How long have you been an Employability Consultant?
I joined The Poppy Factory (TPF) in July 2018.
How did you first get into the job?
I was introduced to TPF back in 2015 when a friend was working for the charity’s fundraising team. She convinced me to take part in the Major Series Run with her and another colleague to raise money and from that experience, I learnt more about their great work. I really liked the cause and so I kept checking the website for a vacancy.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I usually start the day by checking my emails, and I then go on to either meet a veteran for the first time, or carry job searches on behalf of someone I’ve already started working with.
Building new relationships with local employers is an important aspect of my role so I attend lots of meetings and talk to employers in the area. I also spend a lot of time helping to enhance people’s CV and cover letters, supporting with application forms, supporting with interview preparation, applying for funding for qualifications and providing in-work support to veterans who have started as well as their employer.
Every day is different: some veterans are looking to go straight back into work and just need a bit of advice and guidance and others may want to take smaller steps, beginning with volunteering. Even these small steps can have such a huge impact on the person’s life. At TPF, we work at the individual’s pace, it is their journey, but my work is always with a goal of getting the veterans I support back into sustained employment.
What do you love most about your job?
I enjoy supporting our veterans into meaningful work that suits what they are wanting and needing.
How do you approach working with a new veteran?
Like my fellow co-workers, I arrange to meet veterans locally in an environment that they feel comfortable in. I take the time to talk and find out more about them, their aspirations, their interests and hobbies. Building a rapport with each individual allows me to then put an agreed plan into action.
How many people have you helped back to work?
I have helped seven veterans so far.
Do you have any advice for a veteran who is thinking about contacting TPF?
Go for it! If you need any support or advice regarding employment then give us a call on 020 8940 3305. All of our Employability Consultants are very friendly and approachable.
Do you have any hobbies?
I enjoy long walks with my crazy springer spaniel, Milo, and also like exercising, in particular callisthenics and boxercise.