She is certainly not alone.
At Work Avenue, we have helped thousands of people over the years who are looking to change careers, move industries or start their own small business.
And we have found that people’s desire to seize control of their work, and make positive change, has only increased since the pandemic began.
For some it was because working from home and other lifestyle changes made them reassess their goals while for others, like Chana, changes were forced upon them through furlough or redundancy.
Now entering its second year, the RMBF has already funded nearly 60 people to develop essential skills, boosting their chances of finding employment or nurturing a successful business.
Chana is one of those who has benefited – undertaking a Rapid Transformational Therapy (RTT) training course and, in September, starting her own very own RTT Practice.
As Chana explains: “After I was made redundant, my friend Libi Papenheim suggested I join her on a RTT training course, as this therapeutic approach appeals to my interests and skills. It certainly seemed like a great fit for me… until I discovered the cost.
“Fortunately, with some great timing, I saw an article on the RMBF in the press. Thanks to the support of a dedicated Work Avenue adviser, I felt ready to apply. I was over the moon when my application was approved and funding for my course agreed.
“After intense study, I received my certificate and licence to practice RTT in September. Since then, I have been using my newly-acquired skills to address a range of issues from anxiety and motivation to weight loss and phobias.
“My RTT business – The Bennett Practice – is now developing well thanks, largely to personal recommendations.
“Libi and I practice independently but consult together. It is so useful to have a trusted professional and learning partner. Our studying continues too; we are in constant train and practise mode.
“My progress and professional satisfaction are all thanks to the Work Avenue team and the Fund; together we opened the door to a new career I absolutely adore. It’s incredible and humbling to be able to change peoples lives for the better
“To be given the chance and tools to do this is very precious gift, and I am forever grateful.”
The Richard Mintz Bursary Fund is open to anyone over 18 and resident in the UK, subject to meeting qualifying criteria.
Emma May, Director of Operations and Employment, commented: “We are so delighted to be able to offer this wonderful lifeline to people. The fund has been truly transformational for so many, and it has been inspirational to support our clients as they embark on new vocational pathways. Our support, of course, doesn’t stop with the grant: in many ways that is just the beginning. Our clients have also found the free ongoing information, advice and guidance to be invaluable as their training ends and the works starts. We are only too happy to help each and every person.”