Forty-seven-year-old Tony Cain believes there are career opportunities to be found… if you are willing to look in a new direction.
Tony, who lives with his family in Oldham, had worked for 13 years for the health charity St John Ambulance when he decided to take redundancy and start looking for another job.
“I had been furloughed because of the pandemic,” said Tony. “My job as a Learning and Development Officer could not continue as a result of lockdown measures and I decided to take the voluntary redundancy package that was offered.
Tony knew that he had relevant skills that future employers would find attractive and he was prepared to look at other sectors to find new employment.
He soon saw a vacancy for an Employer Account Manager with Ingeus in Oldham: “I had updated and revised my CV and prepared for the interview which went well,” he added. “I heard the next day that I had been successful. I’ve been in post for nearly 10 weeks and I love the work.
“Although Ingeus and St John Ambulance are very different, both organisations are about helping people. I was used to saving lives, now I’m changing lives.”
As an Employer Account Manager, part of Tony’s role is to liaise with local companies in the Oldham area, search out their vacancies and promote the skills of Ingeus participants looking for employment.
“This job is tailor-made for me,” commented Tony. “I live locally and I fully understand the area’s labour market. It’s a great feeling knowing that my work is making such a difference to people.”