During the first training week of ecdp Works cycle four, we asked participants why they want to get a job. Here are some of their answers...
Sense of achievement
Broaden horizons and network
Increased opportunities and standard of living
Social connections and adult conversations
For many, financial independence might seem like an obvious reason for work.
But for those who have not known the world of employment, or have been out of work for an extended period of time, this is a crucial step to controlling their everyday lives.
Of course, this experience of independence goes further than just needing money. For many, having an occupation can also open doors to other opportunities through networking.
Through the week, several of the participants noted that being out of work meant they did not have any routine, and therefore a vital part of the ecdp programme is setting a routine in the working week, which will also assist in other aspects of their lives.
Another benefit of ecdp Works is the increase in self-esteem and sense of achievement that can be gained from the experience in the work place. The opportunity to work is a chance to prove their own self-worth.
Although the focus of the week was clearly on the positive sides of work, the programme is focused on preparation for the workplace, and so the group also looked at some of the distractions and issues that they might face in their places of employment. Some of these included distractions in one’s home life, pseudo-listening, and time pressures. The group then thought of coping techniques, which included planning tasks in advance, and calm breathing techniques and taking a ‘time out’ if needed.
This planning was seen as a helpful task by the participants, as they realised that preparation for the negatives of work was as important as planning for the positives.