National Careers Week

04 March 2019

National Careers Week

This week it's National Careers Week.

For young people diagnosed with cancer, achieving a successful career can at times feel beyond impossible. With 29% of 16-18 year olds having to leave education as a result of their cancer diagnosis, it is no wonder that 74% are worried about the effects that cancer will have on their future employment. 

As a young person, entering the world of work can be daunting enough as it is - especially for those who have had to miss out on time in education and perhaps have limited qualifications behind them as a result of this. Sadly, some employers also see young people who have been diagnosed with cancer as a risk to employ, which leaves many feeling that there are few opportunities out there for them. 

Teens Unite are here to support young people in rebuilding their lives following a cancer diagnosis and we offer many opportunities for young people to come together, express their fears and anxieties with likeminded people and build upon new and exsisting skills that are transferrable to the workplace. 

Tyler was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia aged 18; through Teens Unite he was able to build his confidence and communication skills and is now working with Islandbridge Properties as a Trainee Quantity Surveyor as well as being on track to achieve a first class degree in Quantity Surveying. Reflecting on his journey from diagnosis, through treatment, remission and now into his career, Tyler said: "If I could give a message to my former self, I’d say never think it's over just because you have been diagnosed with cancer. Opportunities are still out there for you to become the best you can possibly be. Keep a strong attitude and it will show other people what you are capable of."

Young people overcoming cancer often have to change or reconsider their 'set path' in life too - but this doesn't have to be a bad thing. Azreen was set to study Childhood Education at University, until she was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma aged 19. One day, being bored and having run out of mobile data, she started to doodle. She now runs her own Henna Art business, Azreen's Collection: "The invisible effects of cancer; the mental strain, and the depressive moods all contributed to a sense of failure and misdirection. But Cancer lead me to Teens Unite, and they lead me to so many amazing opportunities. So many chances to do henna and meet new people to share my skill with, and the amazing opportunity to have an art piece hung up in a gallery!"

If you are a young person overcoming a cancer diagnosis, our Teens team are always here to support you and offer careers guidance on a one-to-one basis. We run regular CV and Career Advice workshops and also have a variety of events throughout the year where you can meet other likeminded young people, try something new and build your skillset, friendships and confidence. If we can support you in any way, please email teens@teensunite.org or call 01992 440091. 

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