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Member Feedback

The feeback below has been provided directly by members and used with their express permission to help inspire others and provide an insight into how our members have found their personal experience of the M3 Job Club. I hope you find these as inspiring as we do.
 


Member & Business Feedback

 

"M3 job club has been invaluable and set me up with all the tools and advice that were required to find me my next job. I first came at the start of my gardening leave and from the beginning it steered me in the right direction to take the whole job hunting journey with confidence".

"All the members and speakers have been a pleasure to meet and I cannot thank them enough and long may the club continue". - Lee T - Apr 17

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"The M3 Job Club is an amazingly valuable group of extraordinary individuals. The sessions that are offered have been a fantastic help for me in understanding how the world now looks for their employees.  The ideas behind creating your own brand, using the CV as a job application, interview techniques and personality profiling have really helped me on my way to understanding what I want from a new role, how to find that new role and then once in my new role how to operate within that organisation.  The support and advice offered by the volunteers at the M3 Job club has been very welcome and being able to send Friday mornings in the company of others in the same position, who have the same feelings and emotions is very reassuring and somewhat comforting. Richard, Judith and their team of volunteers do a truly wonderful job in running the M3 Job Club." - Daniel S - Mar 17

 

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"I found the M3 Job Club is incredibly useful. There is a wealth of experience and knowledge from the people who run it and the members who attend. Everybody is so inspiring and supportive and so keen to offer help and guidance even after I told them what I was doing. The M3 job club is also a great place for networking and making connections. The people who present are brilliant. All those expertise for free is incredible. I’m sorry I can’t continue going. It almost makes me regret securing employment (almost!)" - Esi H - Feb 17

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"M3JC is the best club ever! If it wasn’t for the Club I wouldn’t have found this new role!" - Ghislaine C - Feb 17

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"If you are a professional/manager/exec and looking for work then this club is a must, meet like minded individuals to network and work on selling yourself to get that ultimate dream job" - Lara P - Dec 16

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"Being made redundant a second time within a year has been very difficult and
unpleasant. Job searching and interviewing has been a rollercoaster of emotions but
coming each week to the M3 Job Club has helped me tremendously".

"In fact, I regret not attending earlier on in my time out. The quality of the sessions and presentations have been excellent. The encouragement and advice provided by your
speakers  have proved invaluable, not just for now but also for my future career.
It’s also good to receive support from fellow members and after each session I felt
revitalised and inspired".

"I was really looking forward to attending  the rest of your programme until the end
of the year but  I’ll have to miss out now"! - Peter T - Nov 16

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"Excellent – couldn’t have found the new role without the skills, techniques and confidence gained here". Simon G - Oct 16

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"Every week I learnt something that helped me look for work" - Denise L - Oct 16

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"The club has been vey useful, particularly the comradeship and mutual support from the other members at each meeting. It has been most rewarding to have attended the Job Club for this time. It has helped to give me support when I was feeling isolated, ideas when I thought I had run out of options and helped to maintain my self-esteem and motivation.
The various sessions have taught me a great deal and really helped my CV, cover letters, interview technique and my on-line ‘brand' which has generated lots of interest from recruiters.
Thank you for the support of the M3 Job Club and I’ll be sure to make a donation to the cause once my first pay packet lands" - Richard A - Jul 16

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"I would like to thank Richard, yourself, and all those who contribute to the M3 Job Club, for the effort they put in to provide this service.  Each week, those of us who are out of work gain both a session on essential aspects to re-gain a job, but also an environment where we can admit our hopes and fears with others in the same position.  This second part is so important, as looking for a new role is a lonely task, where you are often hiding the level of rejection you are receiving, from your family and friends.

Thank you for providing the M3 Job Club, and long may it continue. (until there is no one left redundant !)" - Colin P - May 2016

"I was so grateful for the M3 Job Club. The quality of the sessions was very high and in my case really helped me realise that the NHS was where I fitted in. I just needed to work hard to gain knowledge and use my contacts to make the change into a new area, from capital planning to the system transformation. Congratulations of reaching 5 years" - Claire G - Apr 2016

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“I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the M3 Job Club. I was initially cautious but found the presenters, trustees, staff and fellow attendees very friendly and extremely helpful. The ambiance was consistently upbeat and it provided good punctuation to my week. I fully expect to stay in contact with many of the people I met. I would definitely recommend the M3 Job Club to any professional in the area who is seeking employment for whatever reason. The club provides a supportive and positive learning environment it would be hard to find elsewhere. Attending helped me keep focussed and provided much needed structure for my weeks whilst job searching" James P - Mar 2016

"I enjoy coming to M3job club to network and learn different things from different people. I also enjoy acquiring new skills and  knowledge to improve my overall wellness. I will be always be grateful for that" - Priscilla L-P - Jan16

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"I often think about the M3 Job Club. It was an important part of helping me get through a difficult period and I'm grateful for the support you and the group gave me. Since I got back into employment 4 years have passed and I've come out stronger for it" - Ian G - Oct 2015

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"I would like to thank you and all the presenters for all the advice and support that you give to everyone.   You really can't get all this anywhere else. I first came to the job club not really knowing where to start with job search, since the last time I looked for a job was back in 1986" -  Annette R - Apr 15.

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"Thank you for all the support at such a challenging time. I do not think people truly understand the impact job transition has on a person unless they have been through it .The work you do is invaluable and although I was provided with professional outplacement services I gained most from the programme you run. I particularly want to thank Nikki Wild as I gained so much from the first session she ran and the power of positive thought." - Ruth - Apr 15.

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"Thank you and all the speakers so much for your support, advice & encouragement over my three month job search, after redundancy at Xmas 2014. I was so pleased how the existing members and panel members made me feel so welcome.
 
More often than not I went to the sessions feeling a bit low, but always felt so much better and energised after the sessions and networking. I took advantage of individual interview and CV help (Jo Campos) for which I'm most grateful.
 
I wish the M3 Job Club every success and hope members find positions they are looking for" - Neil Wright - Mar 15.

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"I have finally managed to find a job and not only "a job" but a dream has come true. I would like to thank you and the M3 Job Club, it has made me realise that there is actually light at the end of the tunnel and I was not the only one in this position. I must say I was disappointed and frustrated at times not being able to find a job but things happen randomly/luckily when you least expect them it seems. Thanks again for all the help and organising this club, the sessions were something that not only helped to keep me going but learnt some new things as well and met some interesting people, what I want to say to everyone is not to give up" - Fivos P - Nov 14

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"Your personality and approach makes the whole thing happen and in such a way as I felt human again within minutes of attending my first session! My experience and association with the Club is a stand out element in my recent career path, as it meant that rather than just being 'between jobs', I was adding valuable skills and learning how to become more employable - a real-life skill for this and future job-hunting exercises. I can't speak highly enough about the Club" - Ralph H - Nov 14

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"I would like to say here though, that I think the Job Club is a great entity, excellent for morale when times are tough and run in a very professional and constructive way. I've not only enjoyed attending, but also I think benefitted literally every week with the discussions and presentations. These have helped massively with confidence, ideas and seeing the light at the end of the tunnel" - Stephen E - Oct 14

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"I just wanted to the take the opportunity to thank you and your charity for supporting me throughout this, somewhat desperate at times, journey with your support, tutoring and generally uplifting attitude. I cannot share enough with everyone I meet on just how important your club became to me and the inspiring talk from you each week as you shared another success story at the beginning of each session. I am therefore offering mine so someone else will feel that they could be next" - Debbie T - Oct 14

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"The support and confidence provided is immeasurable. The professional way we are treated by the superb professionals who run the club is a massive confidence boost. The cameraderie of the people and understanding of our situations helps you to fell less isolated and valued. I learnt something from each session and came home a much happier wife, mum and daughter" - Geraldine N

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"I rather got out of the habit of attending job club and regret not attending more meetings. I found it offered a great support network. It was excellent to get away from the laptop and internet job search to meet fellow jobseekers and realise that I was not alone. I made some really useful contacts. Thanks to Richard, yourself and all the organisers and the speakers who came along to give such interesting, useful and insightful presentations. To all those still looking, keep perservering - that next job is just around the corner. Attended Liz's session in the morning went for an interview in the afternoon and got the job! I can give no higher recommendation. Thanks Liz." - Richard M

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“I was made redundant end of January 2014 after 33 years in IT services for local government and now finding myself in the rather alien world of the unemployed.  I attended my first M3JC yesterday which was so inspiring and motivational to see that there are many others in the same unfortunate position as me and I came away feeling so much more positive that I will eventually succeed in getting that new job.   Wish I had started a couple of weeks ago now that I can see how supportive this club can be. Many thanks, I will be there next week” – Denise W

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"I just want to say thank you for introducing me to the M3 Job Club. What a brilliant opportunity that you and you team provide to improve the chances of gaining employment. The advice that I picked up from my first session last Friday alone was invaluable. I am really looking forward to attending the other events" - Neil S

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"Firstly, can I just say what a fantastic group you have set up!  For the first time since my redundancy I truly felt I was with like-minded people in a supportive environment where everyone was willing to share ideas and experiences to move forward.  I really do appreciate having this facility available to me, especially with having no outplacement support.
As someone who has had to design and deploy training, I thought the LinkedIn training was excellent" - Genevieve G

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"I found the session extremely useful in that I was able to meet so many other people. It was particularly good to share some common experiences and thoughts that others had in areas unrelated to mine (of IT) and the avenues people were pursuing in order to find new roles. I thought this element of support was particularly useful. I was very pleased to come along" -  TIm C

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"It's great to see people getting on because it gives us others hope and faith that it can and will happen" - Ian H

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"I was made redundant at the end of March [2013] and although the Job Centre encouraged me to attend the M3 job club I held off as I have some 1:1 time with an outplacement service. I was also a bit concerned that it would just be a bunch of people moaning about how awful everything is. Being out of work is new for me and I have found the situation very frustrating.

However I decided this week that I would come down to find out what it was all about.

The first thing to say is that as I sat in the room at the start of the session it felt very familiar; as if I were attending a training course at work. This is in stark contrast to attending the Job Centre where I always feel a bit “processed”, and I certainly don’t belong there. Coming to the Job Club genuinely felt like being back at work, and started to get me into a good place mentally.

I found that I could relate to the other people attending the Job Club, and they were projecting a generally positive outlook, which I found infectious. Several individuals commented to me they look forward to Fridays because of the Job Club.

I have to tell you that Lynda and Jan did a tremendous job. I learned a lot from the session, and it was fun! I came away wondering why I hadn’t come down before. It hasn’t changed the actual situation – I’m still without work and with no “hot prospects” at the moment, but I have a renewed sense of purpose and I feel much better able to accept the current situation" - Iain F

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"It's taken me five months from leaving RHL to being offered another job. Discovering and attending the Job Club was the best thing that happened to me during this time, providing invaluable support, both practical and emotional, to help me to get to this place" - Tony D

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"Many thanks for last Friday's session - really excellent, and one of the best days I've had since becoming unemployed. It was quite a relief to be among people in similar situations, and a much-needed morale boost" - Catherine C

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"Thank you so much for last Friday morning. I was feeling despondent and came away feeling positive" - Lorraine B

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"I have to say I came away from Fridays session feeling really energized - it was the boost I needed" - Claire H

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"Clearly all one needs to do to open the floodgates is to attend just one of your meetings!" -  Sue W

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"I would like to say a big thank-you to you for setting up and keeping the job club running and to all the other speakers as everyone inspired me and supported me in getting interviews and how to present myself at these interviews. I am grateful for the job club for giving me the hope
to continue and to meet with like minded people, it is a very worthwhile group" -  Di T

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"Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed Friday. The M3 Club helped to lift my spirits and I walked away feeling a lot more positive about facing future challenges" - Mary E

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"I attended the M3 job club for the first time last week and, following discussions with some of the attendees, I was prompted to make direct contact with certain members of my Linkedin network, enquiring if they were aware of any positions likely to be available now or in the near future.

Incredibly, I received a positive response from the second person I contacted, and was offered a contract with Jaguar Land Rover today.

I am almost disappointed not be joining you all again on Friday – You are clearly doing something that is positive, worthwhile and most definitely effective" - Keith M

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"I don't believe it is a coincidence that I have found a good job after attending the job club. The structured workshops helped me to be far more effective in communicating what I have to offer and the support from the reassuringly high calibre people in my position really inspired me to improve my approach and self belief" - Richard C

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"I really enjoyed Friday’s meeting and got a lot out of the morning and in particular Alan’s session. I’ve watched a good number of people deliver presentation skills training in the past and Alan was one of the most compelling and enjoyable I’ve seen" - John P

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 "The sessions certainly helped me focus on how the employment market has changed with respect to the interview process. I had never previously done as much research for  job interviews as I did for the companies that I attended interviews for (I was all 'competency' question researched out) but it obviously worked what with being successful in being offered positions with both". Joanne E

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"I shall be sorry not to be able to hook into Fridays once I start. Thank you for creating such a positive experience". Carolyn R

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"Although I only attended Job Club a few times it helped me immensely, restoring my confidence in myself and my abilities.  The access to the resources and the professionals who give up their time is invaluable and I want to pass my thanks on to you all". Deborah S

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 "I was impressed with the calibre of the M3 Job Club meeting on Friday 10 Feb., it exceeds what I had seen in similar events..."

"I enjoyed Lynda's presentation as it helped to re-enforce the mental attitude needed in job-hunting". Member James W

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"Wanted to let you know how useful I found Friday's session.  I came away feeling much more positive about the future and am looking forward to coming along this week" - Deborah S

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"I thought it was superb! For me, and I think the rest of the attendees, the value is obviously from the three Ladies (coaches) on what they can do to “present themselves better” before and during interview. I couldn’t have agreed more when one of them said confidence and enthusiasm is the key. You are obviously making a difference. Well worth attending!" - M3 Job Club session 16 December 2011. Jamie Moore, Premier Services Executive, Microsoft Services

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"The economy and job prospects have  never been more difficult to predict, except to say that both will be challenging. The M3 Job Club could not have been created at a better time offering all ages a package of help in finding a new role. I hope businesses of all sizes will work with the Job Club in sourcing talent for the future". Cllr. Andrew Finney [previously] Leader Basingstoke & Deane Bourough Council)

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"I am immensely grateful for the work that you have done in setting up the M3 Job Club and running it in such an effective way. In spite of all the challenges, which there must be, you always come over as very much in control and reassuring which is so important for folk when they are trying to come to terms with their situation and find a way forward, whatever that may be.

I must also say that, without exception, I have found all of the sessions really valuable and learned some new things as well as being stimulated by the company and experiences of others. I do hope that, in the future, I will be able to put something back into the M3JC". Mike D

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"At a time I felt alone and friendless, I knew I simply had to turn up on a Friday and find there were many in the same boat as me. Thanks for your support to me; many great events". - Robert G

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"I'd like to thank you very much for your support during this longer than expected process and for running the M3 Jobclub, which I can see is going from strength to strength.  I hope I will be able to give something back in the future". - Tim L

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"I would also like to thank you, Linda and all the "coaches" for your unstinting support and enthusiasm, and for giving us a weekly dose of positivity. It really does help and is much appreciated.  I think the M3 Job Club is a great idea and is fulfilling a key role in supporting "professionals" in the Basingstoke area, but clearly it is your personal enthusiasm and drive that has made it the success it has become, and I know you will keep up the good work". - Mark H

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"Thanks for your support. I found the advice on how to best present your CV and the session when the recruitment agents came in particularly useful". - Dave S

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"Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your best wishes and the confidence boost of the M3 Job Club" - Suzy G

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"Attending the Job Club gave me the focus to see what I needed to do next and I'm grateful for the opportunity and wish everyone the very best best" - Brian R

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"I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your efforts; the increasing numbers every week show just how much the Job Club is needed and without yourself and the speakers I'm not sure how the need would be met. Although I'm not the most outgoing of people I have found the chance to chat with others in the same position really helpful and I dont think there has been a week where I haven't come out with a new idea or a new thought about improving the way I have been searching for jobs". David C

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"It was a great meeting this morning and quite motivated by talking to people with unemployment experience and work together to find a way out" - Chihtsen C

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"Just wanted to thank you, an informative and thought provoking few hours and very much appreciated" Karl E

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"I just wanted to thank you for all your help last friday, and to let you know that I found both the job club and entrepreneurs club very useful". Kim M

"I really appreciate everything you are doing for us all with the job club.  It's helping me to accept my situation, become positive and confident and really feel motivated, knowing the harder I work, the more luck I can create". Kim H

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"I would really like to thank you, the members and supporters of the M3 Job Club over the last few weeks for not only keeping me sane but for also providing some inspirational and thought provoking sessions. Each one I attended was so professional and relevant. I’d like to stay in touch and give whatever support I can and wish my fellow members every success in the future".  Helen R

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"Many thanks for the session today it exceeded my expectation and took away a lot of the isolation and the feeling of being less worthy"

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"I attended the M3 job club  for the first time last week and found the whole experience to be extremely informative and the people I met to be extremely supportive"

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"Have attended twice and find the sessions very positive and of a high standard. Also liked the opportunity to network with like-minded people"

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"I think it's a fantastic group and it was so good to have support at such a scary time of transition" - Frances B

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"I have found it to be stimulating, useful and extremely good fun!"

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Feedback on M3 Job Club documentary: "effective in attracting out-of-work people away from what can be dispiriting loneliness into an encouraging and supportive environment" - Keith McDonald of Just Wills

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"I attended on Friday and it was very good with an impressive range of people attending the launch to support the Job Club members. Well organised and thanks for the hard work which obviously went into this, Richard."

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 "Thanks again I came out of Basingstoke on Friday very fired up and ready to carry on".

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  "...thank you for all the hard work you have obviously put into establishing the M3 Job Club. The venue for last Friday's meeting was ideal and I found Gail's presentation very interesting ... By the way, your organisational attention to detail did not go unnoticed and the Easter Egg was a really nice touch - thank you"

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"You are really making a difference. well done and thanks"

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"Once more inspired by a morning with Richard Thayer and crew at the M3JobClub"

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"It is so encouraging to see what you have developed in such a short space of time and indeed the superb support you have generated from so many diverse organisations,  a superb testament to your drive, vision and focus"

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"Liz Johnston was a "breath of fresh air". She was enthusiastic and helpful.The competencies she identified made the Interviewing role quite an experience"

 

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