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07March

Day One: Reluctant to Relax

Posted in My MGN Journey, Learners' Stories

So, Cambridge Job Centre had told me that I had to attend a mandatory employability course. Naturally, I was unhappy. I knew what I was doing, I had a CV and I had been employed several times in the past. I felt it was just more time that was unnecessarily being filled.

Walking in on my first day, I was reluctant- taking into consideration that I’m not much of a ‘people person’ anyway, the thought of being in a room with people I didn’t know for a whole day sounded awful- but I walked in and sat down nonetheless.

It was just me, Jacqui and one other young person in the room so far which was a pleasant surprise. I felt it was a relaxed environment, and quickly got chatting as everyone else wandered in.

After some necessary paperwork and talks about fire exits and such, we got involved in a lot of team work, which helped me a lot as I was still quite nervous about being around these new people.

We played music Pictionary (and got ALL of the answers) and came up with a set of rules that we thought everybody should follow. Those were called the ten commandments and included things like “Respect other people’s opinions” and “Smile!”. It was good to see everyone getting involved and pitching in ideas.

We were then asked to draw shields with some of our goals and achievements on them, we had a section for our dream job, the things we are proud of, our hobbies and interests and our motivation.

I actually found this quite enjoyable, although I ended up spending rather a lot longer on it than necessary as I tend to get lost in mindless doodling. We spoke to everybody about what we put on the shields and mine happened to strike up quite the conversation!

All in all, I’d say the day was quite the success and by the end of it I felt a lot more comfortable. It wasn’t at all what I thought it was going to be, and had begun to help already.

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