This course explores students’ concerns around employment gaps, chiefly though not exclusively related to mental illness, and the associated feelings and anxieties. It explores the pros and cons of being open about having gaps, explains how to reframe experiences in a positive light, and look at the employer perspective. 

Practicalities are explored, including how to provide references if you have not recently been in employment, ways to gain experience, how to find good employers, and CV tips (though this is not a CV workshop). We will explore ways to talk about employment gaps, and how to keep ourselves safe when doing so. Finally , the course will offer students a chance to reflect on their own situation, as well as signposting for further support.

Course duration: 3 hours