Career Returners

Non-native Speakers

Returning to work after a career break or starting work for the first time is daunting for anyone and even more so if English isn’t your first language.

Not only do you have to consider creating a CV and brilliant covering letters but you also need to know that you are adhering to the cultural norms British employers expect.

I created this course to support mothers and other women who do not speak English as a native language who are looking either to start work or return to work after a break. I know how overwhelming it can be to rebuild a career or to start one from the beginning when you’ve had time at home. I wanted to offer a space where women could:

  • create dazzling CVs that shout about their skills rather than panicking about career gaps
  • write covering letters that focus on brilliance and not on what isn’t there
  • practise interview techniques that make you shine so you can show your future boss exactly how much they need your unique skill set.

Brilliant if you:

This course is for anyone who doesn’t speak English as a first language and is looking to re-enter the workforce after break or perhaps start work for the first time.

This is for women who feel completely overwhelmed by the job market and unsure about the whole process. At the end of this course, you will feel much more confident about looking for, getting and starting work and you will be ready to take on the role you want.

We’ll practise interview skills and what not to say and we’ll anticipate difficult questions and prepare your brilliant answers.

What you’ll study:

This is a practical course that focuses on one or more specific roles that you would like to apply for. Together, I’ll show you how to understand the job specification and how to show your future employer you have all the skills they’re looking for.

We will creatively and honestly fill any gaps in your CV using your life experience, and I’ll teach you how to write a covering letter that sparkles. We’ll practise interview skills and what not to say and we’ll anticipate difficult questions and prepare your brilliant answers. We’ll also focus on any aspects of your English skills that may need focus and you’ll feel confident you’ll understand what you can and can’t say in a British interview.

How you’ll study:

This course is a combination of live 1:1 sessions delivered either online or face to face in my Leeds office.

You will begin the course by completing a thorough summary of your life and career experiences to date, noting down e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g that might even be a little bit relevant to the job you want.

What you’ll need

You will need to have the job specification of the role you’d like to apply for and other key pieces of information including application deadline. If you do not have a specific role in mind, you will still need to be able to identify the skills this role would require.

If you are taking these lessons online you’ll need a strong internet connection, headphones and a microphone. Most MP3 headphones will be sufficient but you may find it easier to use a headset like this one: (link)

You’ll also need a willingness to be pushed out of your comfort zone and be prepared to really think creatively about your skill set.

Your investment:

Your time investment:
The minimum time investment for this course is 4 hours with at least one contact hour per week.

The more study you are able to complete outside our lessons, the more you will be able to cover over the course and therefore it is vital that you are able to set aside time for additional work.

Please note that because students on this course are often working towards a deadline, I am happy to see students much more frequently than the one hour per week minimum (subject to availability)

Your financial investment:

For information about fees, please see here.

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