Well I must admit,I can't believe how difficult it has been to try and get back to work or even get any help to get back. I had my injury 4 years ago and have been looking for something for the last few years but I am getting nowhere.
I have tried the Careers Service whom couldn't help because I am too qualified for any training nor did they have much options for a bloke in his 50s. However, I did try their career builder which did suggest I would be ideally suited to being a fire fighter or a ceramic tile designer!
A private Redeployment service looked at my work history, qualifications and skills and offered to help but backed away when they realised getting a person back to work with a head injury was more difficult than someone whom had been made redundant.
I went to see the local Remploy representative a very odious man whom within the first few minutes informed me he could get me a job as cleaner straight away or maybe a job stacking shelves in a supermarket. When I explained that I have a lot of skills that I would be looking to re-use, I was told that I had an attitude that will prevent me working and that maybe i should see an employment psychologist...
The Shaw Trust again offered me shelf stacking or work experience with the local council but couldn't offer me anything else as I am too qualified.
The strangest one was the Disability Employment Advisor in the local job centre, whom looked at my file, smiled and just said there really isn't any pressure to look for work. Couldn't provide any careers advice or suggestions but If I found a job they could help me afterwards.
Apparently, even though I had my degrees many, many years ago. I can't get funding for retraining. so education is out.
Self employment is an option but how to fund it whilst its developing ? Every source I have looked has very little help with funding apart from going to see a bank - well that's going to get results.
So how do you go about finding a new career or job post head injury ?