Changing aspirations

Age is only a number!

Adrien restarts successful career in his 60s

Adrien Belcourt, 64, from Kingston has restarted his career after a four-year break thanks to support from the Restart Scheme.

In Kingston, Maximus is working with Reed in Partnership who provided Adrien with tailored support to help him return to work.

Following an extensive career in IT security, Adrien decided to become self-employed however following four years, he realised he missed the job security that came with working for a company full-time. Adrien found it challenging to look for work again, and felt his age was a barrier to finding sustainable work.

Through the Restart Scheme, Adrien met his Employment Advisor, Andrew Pearson, who helped him find a new career.

He was given assistance with interview techniques, employability skills and structuring his CV.

Adrien was also helped by Suited and Booted, a member of our Community Partnership Network (CPN), who provided him with suitable interview clothing and a much-needed confidence boost.

After 11 months on the scheme, Adrien successfully secured a position as a Senior Support Engineer in the Software industry.

Reflecting on the support, he said: “Reed in Partnership were central in supporting me to become a successful applicant. They helped me to change my aspirations – I went from trying to get a job to pursuing a career.”

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