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After a lifetime of working in the sales industry Maureen Jones has taken a whole new career direction, becoming a learning advisor at a local high school ( thanks to the help of New View Enterprise For All.

Maureen, from Sunderland, has over a decade of experience in the sales industry having worked in a range of positions including corporate membership advisor for Springs Health and Fitness Club and North East customer liaison officer for a photography company in Oxford.

When she was made redundant last year, she decided to take her career into a totally different direction and combine her love of children with a full time job. That was when she visited New View for help.

She said: "I knew I wanted to work with children as everyone tells me I am a natural, but I didn't know where to start.

"Then I heard about the leaning advisor position and I knew it was the sort of challenge I'd been looking for and something which would be hugely rewarding.

"I had been told that New View could help with CVs and writing prospective letters, so I decided to pay them a visit. It's help has been invaluable.

"From the moment I walked through the door, they couldn't do enough for me. As well as assisting with the application for the job, they also helped me with my CV and I was able to use any office equipment I needed."

She added: "With their help, I am now set to embark on the most challenging role of my career and do something which I am not only passionate about but also something which is really worthwhile."

New View, which has two full-time guidance workers, a business start-up councillor, and a part-time manager, aims to assist people in the Pallion, Millfield and Ford areas of Sunderland into sustainable employment, self-employment and training. It has seen a case load of more than 5,600 people since it set up three years ago.

Rachel MacVicar, guidance worker at New View, said: "We were delighted to have been able to help Maureen.

"She is an extremely warm and talented individual and we are confident she will prove to have a very successful and fulfilling career in learning support."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 17, 2004
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