Eleanor lands ideal job with help from Covid initiative

Eleanor Gait, from Seaton found a top job despite Covid impact

Eleanor Gait, from Seaton found a top job despite Covid impact - Credit: Seetec Plus

University graduate Eleanor Gait found herself unemployed after the Covid-19 pandemic struck – but found a plum job in the civil service thanks to expert help.

In lockdown at her family home in Seaton, Eleanor found that work opportunities were scarce.

She had previously taken seasonal hospitality roles to raise funds as she planned to continue her studies to obtain a master’s degree. 

Eleanor, 23, explained: “I was living at home with my mum and looking for a job that best matched what I had learnt during my degree course. But I wasn’t in a dire situation, so I felt others were more deserving of support.”

She turned to a new programme provided by employment specialist Seetec Pluss. 

She said: “My employment advisor was brilliant, every bit of guidance helped me make a bit more progress.

Seetec Pluss were really taking on board what I was saying and helping me to search for roles that matched my aspirations. Their support was tailored to me and my advisor pushed me to apply for roles even if I felt I was slightly underqualified for them.” 

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Eleanor’s search for employment came following a period when, according to the Office for National Statistics’ figures for the third quarter of 2020, 12 per cent of recent graduates were unemployed, almost double the average rate for this group over the past three years. 

The support Eleanor received was provided under the new gGovernment-funded JETS programme, designed to help people struggling to find work due to Covid-19. The programme, which launched in October 2020, has already supported over 700 people from across Devon into employment.

Seetec Pluss executive director, Chris Harrison said: “The JETS programme provides jobseekers with a lifeline of support to help people rebuild their confidence, self-belief and get back into sustainable work. Seetec Pluss is committed to ensuring that nobody is left behind because of the pandemic, people of all backgrounds and abilities deserve an equal chance to achieve their work ambitions. 

“Due to Covid, the jobs market is challenging at the moment, but the opportunities are still out there. We are working hard to support individuals and communities to succeed during these challenging times. It is encouraging that 40 per cent of the people who started the programme in October have now found employment.”  

Eleanor agreed. She said: “Being out of work felt demotivating and intimidating and the figures for graduate employment meant my job searches felt pretty bleak. My advisor offered me CV and cover letter workshops and helped to develop my confidence. When I secured a civil service interview, she advised me how to prepare for that type of interview.” 

Eleanor secured the role, working from home, as an administrative officer in the Biometric Immigration Document Management Unit at the Home Office, which involves communicating with people outside of the UK who have applied for Biometric Residence Permits which need to be collected upon arrival.

She started this month and said: “This is a role that really links to my degree in international development and the type of job I saw myself in post-graduation. I am excited that it will allow me to develop the skills to advance my career.”   

More information can be found about the support, guidance and wider service offer by using the below links:  

Jobseekers: Want to get back into work fast? Find out more: https://www.seetecpluss.co.uk/programme/work-and-health-programme-jets/ 

Employers: Looking for a great job-ready candidate: Find out more: https://www.seetecpluss.co.uk/employers/recruiting-for-recovery/ 

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