A great way to improve your skills is to take a short course in something relevant to the role you want to do, such as IT.
Achievements from short courses can give you an advantage when applying for jobs.
You could also take a leisure course in something you enjoy so that it's not all about work, such as Photography.
Not only could this help improve your confidence, self-esteem and motivation, but it will give you something to discuss on any future applications and at interviews to demonstrate your openness to learning.
If you're short on funds but are still interested in learning, why not check out some free accredited courses? Check out the websites below or, if you are in receipt of benefits, why not speak to your local college who may run free course for claimants.
Provided by National Careers Service Adviser for Central London, Denise