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Maximise your chances with Careers Wales.

WITH the economic downturn, thinking about your career can be a daunting prospect. Yet in these challenging times, career planning becomes more important than ever.

Whether you're in a job, facing redundancy or unemployed, careful planning will help you make the most of any opportunities that are available.

Even in a downturn, it's not all doom and gloom. New opportunities arise but it's important to be proactive. Put time and effort into your career planning to maximise your chances when you apply for jobs.

Careers Wales is advising anyone who might be worried about job security to think about potential training and learning opportunities..

Take some time to update your CV; look for any gaps in your training and think about how you can back up your work experience with qualifications.

Free impartial information and advice about careers, courses and training is available, whatever your age. You can get details about qualifications, opportunities to retrain, self employment, help with your CV, job application or interview technique. Whatever information or advice you need advisers are available to help you plan your next step.

They will also be able to tell you about sources of funding including Individual Learning Accounts Wales: you may be able to claim up to pounds 200 towards the cost of training depending on your circumstances. If you're under notice of redundancy, advisers can also tell you about ReAct funding that may be available to help you retrain.

Call our Learning and Careers Advice helpline on 0800 100 900 (029 2090 6801 if calling from a mobile) for further information.

Lines are open between 9am-9pm Monday- Friday and 9am-noon on Saturday. Advisers can also put you in touch with your local careers centre if you wish to make an appointment.

With a positive and planned approach, as well as seeking support, you can help protect your future career prospects..


Free information on careers, courses and training is available from the Learning and Careers Advice helpline managed by Careers Wales
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 6, 2009
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