Despite the stigma that surrounds it, unemployment does not always have to be a negative experience. Although it is important for those experiencing a job loss to apply for unemployment compensation and to get back into the job market, it is also a good time to explore the many options around you to better your education, career goals, and self. At the Office of Adult Education, we understand the importance of enrichment, so here are our five tips on how to make this discouraging time the best it can be.
As any nonprofit organization will tell you, volunteers are an asset. They provide free labor with rigor and passion and can turn out to be the biggest advocate for a nonprofit organization. Volunteering is not only good for the nonprofit but it is good for the soul. Volunteer opportunities can provide extra training and bring on new skills and not to mention, it is something to put on your resume during this time of unemployment. It shows prospective employers that you were productive and gave back to the community. It is no surprise that volunteers are of importance to the Office of Adult Education. Our volunteers become our most prized tutors and mentors and help our Adult Learners achieve their educational and career goals.
2) Brush up on your education
With unemployment comes free time and what better way to spend that free time than to brush up on your reading, writing, math, and/or digital literacy skills? These skills are crucial in succeeding in today’s job market. At the Office of Adult Education, we offer classes to help improve your reading, writing, and math skills, English as a Second Language classes, classes to help you get your high school diploma, gain basic computer skills, and help you start on a path to a new job or better career. All you have to do is call our office at (215) 686-5250 to make an assessment test appointment. But don’t let the word “test” scare you! The assessment tests your reading, writing, and math skills and is used to help place you in classes that are right for you and also allows you to meet with a Learning Coach to discuss education and career goals. The test also helps you brush up on your reading, writing, and math skills to take entrance tests for employers, apprentice, training, or credential programs, and/or college entrance exams. Learn more about the Assessment Test and give us a call!
3) Apply for the jobs YOU are passionate about
Unemployment may seem scary at first – life without a job and furthermore, without financial stability, can seem daunting but don’t let that discourage you from pursuing your dreams and the jobs that will enrich your life. Because most job applications are online, it is important to have a reliable computer and internet to apply. The Office of Adult Education offers KEYSPOTS, free computer labs and internet access across 50 sites in Philadelphia. Plus, KEYSPOT locations offer free computer classes to ramp up your digital literacy skills.
4) Train Yourself!
Interested in how to become a better mentor or adult educator? The Office of Adult Education provides free professional development trainings for adult educators or interested individuals as well as technical assistance and support to scores of adult education providers. Head over to our calendar to check out our up and coming trainings.
5) Visit Our Friends At CareerLink
Need assistance in applying for unemployment compensation, applying for jobs, or getting a hold of an Unemployment Compensation Representative? CareerLink has those connections for you and are a great resource for the beginning, middle, and end of your unemployed time.
We wish any of our Adult Learners going through unemployment luck and welcome them to check out some of our programming. For more information, visit www.philaliteracy.org or call us at (215) 686-5250.