In terms of a full and lasting recovery, employment is absolutely essential in the service user’s journey to wellness. It doesn’t just provide an income stream, it also provides the opportunity to make and develop working relationships. The workplace also actively engages workers in something other than themselves.
There is also the possibility to climb the job ladder and earn more responsibility along the way. It is worth noting that there are some barriers to progression and it’s vital for service users to be well supervised in their positions so that any problems can be dealt with in a sensitive, discreet way as quickly as necessary.
It’s also important for service users to feel valued in what they do. A well-placed compliment every now and again can go a long way. Service users must feel a sense of belonging to a team, therefore if employment can be found working with others then all the better.
In terms of what professions most suit service users, often the creative professions can provide a first step back into the world of work. Once confidence has been gained, then really any profession should be within easy reach of a service user.
The freedom that comes with choosing one’s profession is incredibly empowering. Suddenly the world is full of possibilities and negativity no longer holds sway. The right profession can also mean a job for life and no need to juggle multiple career avenues at the same time. That dream job is now possible. As long as you take the right steps, then you can begin on a road of possibility.
Getting the balance right between work and play is also vital. Work can be incredibly fulfilling, leading to new relationships and with material benefits, but you also need to make sure to switch off from work to enjoy yourself socially. That means going out with friends, finding a partner and getting physical exercise. A healthy social life will lead to a more fruitful working life.
Networking is also essential to furthering one’s career. Knowing the right people in the right places can and does make all the difference. Be sure to attend any networking events you are offered – they are vital learning opportunities. You never know what is around the corner so always be on the look out for new discoveries.
Never be afraid to challenge yourself when it comes to obstacles. We all have weaknesses as well as strengths. The question is how can we use our strengths to counteract our weaknesses. Always be aware that challenges provide learning opportunities and the potential to enhance your career.
The most important thing is not to be selfish when pursuing your goals. By all means be ambitious but you must realise that you will need the help of others if you are going to get anywhere in life. Accept help wherever it is offered and don’t be afraid to ask for it either. Mentors are absolutely essential in getting you to where you want to go.
Employment is not always easy and you must be prepared for setbacks along the way. With the right preparation, great things can be achieved. Always be optimistic with a can-do, professional and passionate approach. With a smile on your face, you can’t go wrong.