6th June 2019

Jade Wright is our Supported Housing recruiter within the Social Housing division, she now supports Housing Associations and Charities to support and look after our communities, but like most in recruitment, that wasn’t always the case.

This is Jades story about how she went from being a 'bobby on the beat' to beating the competition.

“When you were a child, did you always have that one dream job that you always thought you  would achieve? – Well I did. My dream career was to be a Police Officer, not because I could have some handcuffs, and not because I could wear a great uniform. Simply because I wanted to protect vulnerable people and ensure I was making a positive impact to the community around me. 

Whilst I was at university, I was also a Special Constable within my Local Police Service… yes, I volunteered as a student! 

This was a great step for me though as not only did it assist me with achieving that future career as quick as possible, it also gave me an insight to the police force.

Now this is where things changed… I knew I wanted to continue making that positive impact, but at the same time, I knew I couldn’t achieve this effectively whilst raising a young family.

July 2017 came and I graduated from University with a BA (hons) Degree in Policing. During my time of being a Special Constable, I realised the hours were going to be unsociable and not feasible with my current commitments, at the same time, I was also seeing an increase of Mental Health issues within Police Officers in the service – “91% of police have experienced stress and poor mental health at work.” I knew I had to assist with ensuring organisations were employing the right professionals to assist individuals who need supporting in the community.

1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year, but mental health is not the only service we lack support in, unfortunately it happens in Homelessness, Elderly Living, Learning Difficulties, Young People, Domestic Violence, plus more.

After leaving the police service, I wanted to find a career that I could utilise my experience. Now going from the Police Service into recruitment may seem like a big change, and there are a few for one, I wear heels to work now rather than boots, but really, I am actually still working in the same industry, just from the other side of the fence.

I joined Niyaa People in 2018 as the Public Sector teams Recruitment Resourcer, and have recently developed into the specialist Supported Housing recruiter, working closely with organisations to understand the industry and ensuring that they are receiving the quality of candidates appropriate to ensure that any individuals who need that support in life, don’t have to wait and can access the services accordingly. This post isn’t about me being a recruiter though, I wanted to reach out to you all and understand the industries that we all work within. I have told my story; I am now keen to hear yours!”

Talk to Jade about Supported Housing jobs, recruitment or your story.

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