Helping Women - Employment & Economic Independence

by Women's Employment Network
Mar 14, 2014

It Takes More Than a Diploma

Working on job applications in the computer lab
Working on job applications in the computer lab

Women come to WEN at all points in their career: some are returning to the workforce after years of raising children, others are laid off from long-term careers, and others are just starting out in the workforce. We thank you for helping us help these women, and hope you'll enjoy hearing about the success of a recent WEN program graduate, Jenny.

In May of 2013, Jenny Barry was a proud graduate of the University of Central Missouri, having earned a BS in Safety Management and a BA in Chemistry, she was ready for her role in the workforce. She was hoping to accomplish that before her first student loan payments were due.

After several months of applying for jobs in her field and not having much success, she heard about Women’s Employment Network and attended the September training session. At WEN she learned the importance of having a focused and strategic job search, how to look for career ladder opportunities and how to research the industries that needed her knowledge. She also honed her interviewing skills. Most importantly she accepted that education alone isn’t always enough, sometimes you have to get your foot in the door and prove yourself.

After completing the training she took a survival job to help stabilize her financial situation and continued a strategic WEN job search. As a result, in December she found her “dream job” as a lab technician at Catalent Pharma Solutions.

At the Women's Employment Network we are grateful for all the support we receive from people who believe in our mission of helping women raise their self-esteem and achieve economic independence through sustained employment.


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Women's Employment Network

Location: Kansas City, MO - USA
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Project Leader:
Mark Halastik
Development Officer
Kansas City, MO United States
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