“Everything was falling apart. I’d applied for 100s of jobs”

Sean served in the Royal Air Force and left as a Sergeant. During his military career, he saw active service in the Gulf, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. When Sean left the RAF he had a job waiting for him in the oil industry so he didn’t feel the need to take his resettlement entitlement.

After two years in work, Sean was made redundant. His partner was supporting them but on one salary they began to experience financial and housing problems.

“We had to take on a private let which was very expensive. We’d hit rock bottom and were about to be made homeless. I wasn’t entitled to benefits, because of my MOD pension. Additionally, we could not secure council housing.

Everything was falling apart. I applied for between 800-900 jobs but was only called for 10 interviews. It was soul-destroying.”

In 2015, Sean reached out to Veterans’ Gateway partner RBLI and secured a place on his local LifeWorks course in Stirling, Scotland.

“The good thing was that the tutors understood the problems of service life and every person on the course was ex-service so there was great support. I wasn’t prepared for interviews either as I hadn’t had any interviews in the RAF. I didn’t make it relevant to the job I was applying for. I was supported to tailor the manner in which I interviewed.

It couldn’t have come at a better time. 2015 was a bad year for me and my partner but ended on a positive. Life is fantastic now. We can’t speak highly enough of LifeWorks. This support has got me back to work and, importantly, given us both a safe and secure home, getting us back on track and looking forward to a more positive future.”

Sean has now secured full-time employment in quality assurance.

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If you are a veteran and are in need of support, a range of help and information is available from all our Veterans’ Gateway referral partners.

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