World Creativity and Innovation Day

Getting creative is an important part of our lives and it’s good for our spirit and for our development. Study shows that when we participate in creative activities we learn to think outside the box, adapt to change and build relationships easier. It can also serve as a coping mechanism for mental health. Being creative can help reduce stress and anxiety while helping us to manage our emotions.

Ways you can get creative are:

  • Learning how to knit or crochet.
  • Writing a poem or a song
  • Drawing
  • Colouring or painting
  • Clay modelling
  • Scrapbooking or journalling
  • Organise flowers or pot some plants

Becoming more creative in your day-to-day life might encourage you to become more curious and outgoing, which could lead to us becoming more sociable.

Here at the Careers Hub we offer Mindful Colouring, this is a great way to enjoy some time to be fully present and surround yourself with people who are like-minded. Choose from a range of colouring patterns, or just suggest to us a specific theme/movie or character that you’d like to colour in.

While the calming meditation music plays softly in the background, you can chill, have a chat with other people here, so join us in the Oasis room, located towards the back of The Hive (ask a member of staff if you get lost!) Dates will go live in May, so keep an eye out on our Facebook page and our website.

International Day of Happiness

On the 20 March, we have a whole day dedicated to happiness! And why shouldn’t we? It’s so important that we encourage and celebrate happiness, especially with all the doom and gloom around us at times.

So, why do we celebrate this internationally? We celebrate this as a reminder of the significance of happiness in our lives and since 2012 the United Nations has recognised the importance of happiness and well-being.

Happiness should be recognised as a fundamental human right and everyone can make a conscious effort to increase positivity in our lives through various activities. This can lead to a better quality of life!

Positive psychology

Having a brighter outlook on life can be achieved by changing your mindset, making better life choices, and having personal goals. Understanding yourself can help with controlling emotions and preventing us from going on a downward spiral the minute something goes wrong in our lives.

Having resilience can get us through hard times and small inconveniences as well as huge negative life events.

Mindfulness and meditation

To be mindful is to be present and aware of what is happening around us. You can practice mindfulness which helps us to connect with the present, more easily and we can do this with various things.

One of my favourite ways to practice mindfulness is by participating in some yoga. I do this at home, on my own, in complete silence. This allows me to connect with my body and my breathing while getting my blood to flow around my whole body.

Meditation is a practice that helps us focus and clear our minds of all our racing thoughts and endless worries, this has been shown to reduce anxiety and stress by relaxing us. Use calming ‘meditation music’ or free apps such as ‘headspace’ or ‘let’s meditate’

Gratitude journals

Journaling a great way to get your feelings out instead of bottling them up, it’s a way you can keep track of daily challenges and even positive events to be grateful for.

Counting your blessings each morning by writing in a gratitude journal will give you a more positive start to the day. Set a time each day, even twice per day if you like.

You can take ten minutes out of your day just to create small goals or reflect on what has happened throughout your day.

Selfcare

Looking after yourself is an important part of your daily routine, sometimes general tasks such as getting out of bed and having a shower can feel like massive, strenuous tasks especially when we aren’t feeling good.

It’s good to stick to a consistent routine of getting up, having a drink or breakfast, and having a wash. Extra self-care could include taking yourself on a shopping trip, having a pamper night, or watching your favourite series, one episode after another without beating yourself up about it.

Take care of yourself just as you would take care of someone else.

Relationships and connection

The types of connections and partnerships we have really impact our happiness. If you are in a toxic friendship, consider spending less time with this person or cutting contact completely, your mental health should not suffer as an impact of someone else being in your life. Your environment and surroundings are vital for your happiness, if you’re surrounded by creativity, laughter, positivity, and lightheartedness, you have a much better chance of feeling like this yourself.

OUR HAPPY HUB!

Here at the Careers Hub, we have a skilled well-being coach named Rhys who can offer six 1:1 appointments as well as unlimited group sessions for health and well-being. Some of these are round-the-table presentations where he covers subjects such as sleep, and confidence plus other sessions can be more interactive such as group walks, mindful meditation, and colouring sessions which are really popular!

The theme this season is ‘Planting Seeds of Well-being’ and this workshop is bookable via our Careers Worcestershire website and is taking place at 2pm on 22nd March.

BOOK HERE: Book Your Class with Careers Worcestershire – Worcester – worcestershire (setmore.com)

New Year, New You!

Welcome to 2024!

I hope you’re feeling refreshed and ready for a successful year?

There can be a lot of pressure at this time of year to set goals and New Years resolutions which can be hard to stick to, so my best advice would be to create realistic, manageable goals which don’t feel like a huge chore!

Here at Careers Worcs, we are more than just a careers advice service. While we do offer great services to help 16-24 year olds get on track for a job , training or further education, we also have other services to offer- such as wellbeing support or housing support.


Hub Club – Monthly, starting Thursday 11/1/24 drop in any time between 10am to 3pm 
Click here to book!

Come down to us at Careers Worcestershire and have a chat, grab a coffee and a cake, and meet like-minded people. A chance to make new friends, take part in fun games and activities. We are all in this together and building a sense of community is really important for us! If you have any suggestions of activities you’d like to see please let us know and we can tailor this experience to you.


Job Club – Support with job search every Wednesday 10am to 12pm 
 Click here to book!

As always, our weekly job club will be running on Wednesdays. This gives you the opportunity to come along and use the services here at the Hive to log into the computers here to access job searching websites, gain advice from our careers advisors who can help support you with your applications if needed.

Some of the ways we can help you this year include our Health and Wellbeing sessions… These can either be 1-1 or group sessions, and we’ve introduced some great new group sessions which include;


Monday 08/01/24- New Year, New You workshop at 2 to 3pm – Click here to book!

Focusing on setting goals for the new year that can help with mental, physical, and emotional well-being. We’ll discuss stress management, mindful practices, and nutrition, incorporating the principles of a plant-based lifestyle. We’ll also have some great activities to get involved with, such as group discussions, goal-setting exercises, and practical plant-based cooking.


Friday 12/1/24- Wellbeing
Walk at 1 to 2pm- Click here to book!

The walk will promote a sense of community and support, enjoy the benefits of physical activity, fresh air, and the company of like-minded individuals. The group setting provides opportunities for conversation, connection, and the shared pursuit of improved mental and physical wellbeing. It’s a chance to collectively unwind, recharge, and strengthen social bonds while taking positive steps towards a healthier lifestyle.

Friday 19/1/24- Mindful Colouring at 2 to 3pm- Click here to book!

This session invites young adults to unwind and focus on the present moment through the simple yet meditative act of colouring. We will embrace the therapeutic benefits of mindfulness as we immerse ourselves in intricate patterns and designs. Whether you’re a seasoned artist or a first-time colourer, this session will offer a serene space to decompress, connect with your inner self, and cultivate a sense of calm. The session will offer an hour of mindful colouring to foster relaxation, stress reduction, and creative expression.

Friday 26/1/24- Guided Group Meditation at 2 to 3pm- Click here to book!

This aims to be a serene and collective experience focused on promoting relaxation, mindfulness, and inner calm. The attendees will gather in a quiet and comfortable space. The shared meditation experience will foster a supportive and positive atmosphere, enhancing overall well-being and leaving the young people with a renewed sense of clarity and tranquillity.

Financial Wellbeing Drop-In session – Wednesday 24/1/24 11am to 12.30pm Click here to book!

Zoe from The Basement Project (housing support) will be here to support you with your finances. Christmas is a very expensive time for everyone, with some budgeting advice and an offer for foodbank vouchers and free data on a sim card, you let us know what you need, and we can try our best to help.

The Basement Project are a service which support people facing homelessness and can offer advice and support regarding housing, an extra service they are running this year is support for money worries.

 

Speak soon 🙂
– Aimee

Staying Safe on Bonfire Night

Spooky season is over, and bonfire night is fast approaching. Here are a few top tips for keeping yourself safe.

Firstly, go to an organised firework display; they have more rules and regulations regarding health and safety, which is safer than attending a homemade display in your neighbour’s back garden. Stay far away from the fireworks and bonfire. Most clothes are extremely flammable, and it takes seconds for a fire to spread.

Keep in mind that your pets could react badly to the loud bangs which fireworks produce and that this could scare them or leave them in a panicked or confused state. While you can’t control other people and their celebrations, you could try your best to protect your pets this Bonfire Night, by either creating them a comfortable space with blankets in their beds etc, having the TV or music on loud enough to keep them distracted by the noise or even soundproofing the room as best you can so that they don’t get frightened by the noises.

We all love sparklers, holding them or waving them around to create shapes or words with the lights can be a

fun and nostalgic thing to do. Only hold one sparkler at a time and remember that wearing gloves while holding a sparkler is important for your safety!

DID YOU KNOW… Sparklers can reach temperatures which are 5 times hotter than cooking oil!

Around half of all bonfire night injuries are to children, so keep them as far away as possible from any naked flame and any fireworks too.

Most of all, have fun and follow these safety precautions to maximise your experience. The safer you are, the less chance there is of any disasters happening.

Local displays: (Bonfire Night in Worcestershire | Visit Worcestershire)

  • Low noise fireworks – Droitwich, Churchfields 3rd-5th November
  • The Greatest Showman Firework spectacular, Worcester 28th October
  • Bonfire and firework display, Evesham- 4th November
  • Himley Hall, Worcestershire 4th November · Hop Fest on Fire, Bewdley 4th and 5th November

Starting a new job can be scary.. but here are some tips to help you along the way!

Use job searching sites

Here is a list of useful and trusted job searching sites which are easy to use and will help you in your job searching journey. Filter your preferences and skills to match with the relevant job roles.

Research the company

Once you have found a suitable role, dig deeper and do a bit of research into the company which you are about to apply to. Ensure that you know everything that you need to know about the role you are applying for- writing down a few facts about the company is a good idea!

Tailor your CV and cover letter

Depending on the role you are applying to, read the person specification and job description, then tailor your CV by referring to it and using it as a bit of a template to connect the relevant skills and requirements for the role to your personal skills and qualifications.

Follow application instructions

Quite often, each company will be happy with just seeing your CV, however sometimes the company has a whole procedure on their application instructions and some can be long-winded, so give yourself enough time to correctly fill in the application to the best of your ability.

Prepare for the interview

If you are selected for an interview, make sure that you are 100% prepared for this. By following the previous steps, you should know exactly what the role is and have written a cover letter which will support your application. Dig deeper and do a bit of research into the company which you are about to apply to. Ensure that you know everything that you need to know about the role you are applying for- writing down a few facts about the company is a good idea!

During the interview
  • Dress appropriately- Dressing modestly and smart, perhaps black office attire.
  • Be punctual- arrive 10 minutes before your interview and have a contact number just in case of lateness or an emergency which prevents you from being on time.
  • Show interest- make it known that you are eager to work in this role, ask questions, remain enthusiastic and interested during the interview.
  • Remain calm and professional. Try some breathing exercises before you enter the room.
Starting a new job

Upon a successful interview, you have been offered the position and now you must decide to accept or decline the offer. Take time to think about your decision, however you should respond promptly to your potential employers. There will most likely be paperwork to fill out, you will need to provide your personal details, for example, your national insurance number, so try to be prepared and organised with this. Ensure you have the correct equipment, if the company does not provide it, for example, a laptop. Understanding their code of conduct and dress code is also important. Arriving on time, in smart clothing sets a positive example to your employers and colleagues.

Access support

If you are in need of support in regards to helping you apply for jobs, mock interviews or careers advice click here to book an appointment to book an appointment with one of our advisors, or here to book onto our weekly job club, held at the Hive every Wednesday from 10-12pm.