How easy is it to get a office type job with no experience

I'm not going to bore you with everything lol But I'm no longer able to do manual work, warehouse work and driver's mate roles has been my thing, I'm trying to find a job where I don't have to use my voice much as I have problems with talking and loosing my voice, and it's not going to improve anytime soon. Manual work is a no go as I'm still awaiting a appointment with the respiratory clinic as I get out of breath very easily.

Last year Universal Credit sent to have a work capability assessment, they said I can find suitable work, my fit note ran out last November but the work coach has turned of the work search in the commitments part. I don't think the job centre want to deal with me because I have to start fresh.
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  • Cloth_of_Gold
    Cloth_of_Gold Posts: 700
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    How about looking ot see if any of your local supermarkets have any vacancies? They seem to actively seek a diverse workforce, including older people, disabled people etc.
  • _Jem_
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    How about looking ot see if any of your local supermarkets have any vacancies? They seem to actively seek a diverse workforce, including older people, disabled people etc.
    Unfortunately no, physical movement more than 10 minutes gets me out of breath. All the supermarkets want you to do till work basically a bit of everything. Stacking shelves would also be a no go. 
  • swingaloo
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    Most office jobs have an element of telephone work. I'm assuming you have no experience in terms of typing, using spread sheets etc?
  • _Jem_
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    swingaloo said:
    Most office jobs have an element of telephone work. I'm assuming you have no experience in terms of typing, using spread sheets etc?
    No I don't have any experience in any of that. This is probably why the job centre have stopped helping thinking I will get better and go back to manual work. That's not going to happen. I can't even do a simple cleaning job. 
  • Cloth_of_Gold
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    Could the Job Centre not get you on a training course to upgrade your skills? Or how about an apprenticeship? They have them for all sorts of things these days, not just for the traditional jobs such as plumber, electrician etc.
  • _Jem_
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    Could the Job Centre not get you on a training course to upgrade your skills? Or how about an apprenticeship? They have them for all sorts of things these days, not just for the traditional jobs such as plumber, electrician etc.
    You would think so, I had a appointment last November with the disability and health advisor, and had a really good conversation, but haven't heard from them since. last week my work coach phoned I said about the advisor and he said he will find out what's going on. It's complete silence from their end. 
  • Marcon
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    Few offices are going to be able to offer a job to someone who can't readily use a telephone and has no typing/IT skills.

    Instead of thinking in terms of an 'office type job', might it help to think in terms of any type of job which you are physically capable of doing, and for which you have the skills (or could acquire them reasonably quickly)? 
    Googling on your question might have been both quicker and easier, if you're only after simple facts rather than opinions!  
  • Emmia
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    edited 30 January at 8:14PM
    I'd look at whether you can do some training to give you some office skills, typing, MS Word, Excel would be the basics. 

    You don't have to be able to use the phone specifically, but video calls are something you'd need to be able to do. 

    A possible left field choice, what about training and qualifying to be a Transport Manager to work for a haulage company or a passenger transport company? (Or you could do it self employed too)

    https://www.gov.uk/become-transport-manager/qualifying-as-a-transport-manager

    https://training.rha.uk.net/eng-wales/


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    edited 30 January at 9:29PM
    Marcon said:
    Few offices are going to be able to offer a job to someone who can't readily use a telephone and has no typing/IT skills.

    Instead of thinking in terms of an 'office type job', might it help to think in terms of any type of job which you are physically capable of doing, and for which you have the skills (or could acquire them reasonably quickly)? 
    When I say office type job I mean anything that has a sit down environment. Years ago I use to be a faulty goods inspection for electrical appliances, it was a office type job role. I have told the job centre this.

    You go through all the stress of the work capability assessment, they say you are able to do something I agree nothing manual though,but the work coach turns off the work search because they don't know what to do. I had been doing speech therapy up to last November, but been told they can't help me anymore and just to carry on doing the vocal exercises at home,but be prepared my voice might never return.
  • Cloth_of_Gold
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    _Jem_ said:
    Could the Job Centre not get you on a training course to upgrade your skills? Or how about an apprenticeship? They have them for all sorts of things these days, not just for the traditional jobs such as plumber, electrician etc.
    You would think so, I had a appointment last November with the disability and health advisor, and had a really good conversation, but haven't heard from them since. last week my work coach phoned I said about the advisor and he said he will find out what's going on. It's complete silence from their end. 

    Maybe you need to be a bit pushy. Look online and see what sort of courses/retraining they can offer and then ask them to put you forward for something that you like. If they say know ask why not. If you don't think their answer is reasonable, as for it to be escalated. If that gets you nowhere and you really think they are blocking you, write to your MP.
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