Angela Barnard, 52 from Skellow recently took voluntary redundancy from her job as a Care Assistant and is now learning new computer skills to help her find and apply for new jobs.
“The last time I applied for a job I filled out a paper form and sent the application off in the post. Now you do everything online – it’s completely new to me.
“I’d never used a computer or the internet before, so didn’t have a clue about how to apply for jobs online. I decided I needed to learn some new computer skills to help me with my job hunting, and hopefully help me to become more employable.
“I saw an advert for a six week computer course at Doncaster’s Central Library, so decided to enrol on it. The course was free and introduced me to the basics of using a computer and the internet; it was exactly what I needed.
“I was worried that attending the course would be like going back to school, but it was really relaxed and you could learn at your own pace. The tutor was really supportive and very patient and was always on hand to offer guidance and advice. We followed a course called ‘Learn My Way’, and one of the modules was all about using a computer and the internet to search and apply for jobs.
“I’ve since bought my own laptop and have connected it to the internet at home. I can also bring it into the library and log on to their Wi-Fi if I need some more support from the library staff. I’ve been busy looking for jobs and have started to apply for some.
“The course has provided me with the confidence to start looking and applying for jobs online myself.
“I’d encourage anyone who wants to find out more about using a computer to approach their local library. The training and support I’ve accessed has really made a difference and will really help me to re-enter the world of work again as well as providing me with relevant life skills to make the most of the online world.”
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- Doncaster Online
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- Superfast South Yorkshire Broadband
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