Meet Zoe

Friday 17th July 2015

Meet Zoe

Zoe Purchase left school at 15, when she found out she was pregnant. 6 years on Zoe is now in employment and studying for a degree. She explains how she is working to provide a good future for her daughter Chloe and why she’ll never again be making excuses not to work.


“When I got pregnant with Chloe, to be honest - I didn’t think I would ever get a job. But after a year of being at home with a baby, I got bored. You think when you have a child that you are busy all the time, but then they start going to school, you realise that you’ve got nothing to do.”

“I started to look for part-time work, but it was really difficult to find anything that would fit in with Chloe going to school. I registered Creation Trust, SE17Working who really helped with my CV and interview techniques and I signed up for a Level 1 Retail Course with Princes Trust, which included a work placement at TKMAxx. I4 of us started with a work trial and 4 of us were offered a job,  I was one of them!”

“At first it was a big adjustment getting used to dropping my daughter off at school, then having to rush off to work, but actually after a while it felt really good. I feel like I have got my life back.”

“For childcare I worked out that actually now that Chloe is at school, it doesn’t cost that much, as I can use the afterschool club. At the end of every month I am about £200 better off. That might not sound like a lot, but it means so much! Now I have a sense of purpose, I have a routine and I am gaining experience that I can build on in the future. My friends and family say I even look different now I have a job, I present myself in a better way now.”

“If I was giving advice to someone else in my situation I would say – just GO for it. If you don’t do it this year then you will be in the same place next year. The longer you take, the more you prolong it, your friends are getting places and you are just staying still. Everyone can make excuses, and the more bored and now you get, the easier it is to make excuses.”

“My mum and Dad always worked, I want my daughter to see me working, I want her to know that even if you don’t do well at school, you can still go on and work and do well. I am about to get my first wages, and I already know what I am going to buy, I am going to buy a tablet for Chloe and some new clothes for me – I can’t wait!”