Is self-employment for me?
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: CSEL03
Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
What is the course about?
Self-employment in the UK has reached an all-time high of 15% of the workforce, and post-pandemic the rise is set to continue. Although much of the increase has been driven by economic instability, there are many other contributory factors such as opportunity and lifestyle factors, including the desire to work flexibly.
This course will look at the many different ways you can be your own boss in today's world of work, and will help you consider which ways could work best for you. You will work out what’s important to you in your working life, and how you can engage your values, energisers and motivators to help you on your self-employed journey. You will assess your skills, qualities and knowledge to help you reflect upon how suited you are to self-employment at this time, and what you may need to put in place to make it work well for you.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
• What's motivating you to work for yourself?
• Your values
• Your energisers, motivators and natural work environments
• Have you got what it takes? - looking at your relevant skills, qualities and knowledge
• The many ways of working for yourself in today's world of work
• Your vision of success for self-employment and work
• The 6 key elements which will help you thrive in self-employment
• Next steps to move your ideas forward.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Recognise what's motivating you to work for yourself
• Increase awareness of your values and how they may relate to self-employment
• Gain insight into your energisers, motivators and natural work environments which you can incorporate into your self-employed life
• Be clearer about how your skills, qualities and knowledge can support your success in self-employment and identify areas you may need to work on or seek help with
• Have a better understanding of the many ways in which it's possible to work for yourself in today's world of work
• Have a clearer vision of success for your self-employment and work
• Have knowledge of the 6 key elements which allow entrepreneurs to thrive
• Identify next steps to move forward with your self-employment ideas.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No prior training, experience or skills are necessary, just the ability to follow simple verbal and written instructions and a willingness to contribute verbally to group discussions and question and answer sessions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This course is very interactive. The learning will take place through sharing ideas, group discussions, question and answer sessions and individual written exercises. Work outside of the class may be suggested but is voluntary.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There is no additional cost. Please have a pen and blank paper handy and if possible some coloured felt tips or coloured pencils too.
The exercises and handouts will be on Google classroom, so it is suggested you print them before the course starts and have them to hand during the course, or if you can’t print them, then have some blank sheets of paper and pen with you to write down your answers to questions.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Grow in confidence with networking – for work and business, career change workshop, creating your own portfolio career. developing a successful business plan, going freelance: setting up as a sole trader, developing and managing your brand, brand identity, business skills for creative businesses,create your elevator pitch, social media for business.
Lila is a Career Counsellor and Educator with over 20 years' experience supporting people with career, employability, and personal development issues. These include career happiness, identifying natural skills and talents, self-employment, networking and career choice. Lila started her career in the retail business as a Merchandiser and Buyer. After 10 years Lila realised she needed her own career happiness, which meant the freedom to manage her own career, as well as working in a profession where she could help people in a meaningful way. She retrained as a Career Counsellor, gaining an MSc from Birkbeck College, London. This led her to create her own portfolio career, working within many interesting public and private sector organisations and also running her own business supporting individual clients. Lila has developed, written and delivered bespoke workshops and courses to learners of all ages within FE colleges, charities and businesses. She especially enjoys the diversity of City Lit students' backgrounds.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.