By Sophie Klein - Grant Writer/Development Coordinator
A woman shares her story at graduation
The Women's Employment Network serves a diverse group of women. As the women arrive for the first day of the Employment Preparation and Career Transition Training Program, they often compare their backgrounds with other women in the class. Often preoccupied by their differences, they point out what they perceive to be their own personal challenges. Some think that they are too young to find a good job and others wonder if employers will really consider them for jobs as the approach retirement age. They wonder if their lack of a degree, legal difficulties or even their appearance is holding them back from finding work. But by the end of five weeks, these women are no longer so concerned with their differences, but view each other as friends in the job-search journey.
These are the women WEN serves:
Single Mothers "I began my professional life as a teen mother. Although I was determined that my being a teen mother would not get in the way of building a stable professional life for myself, I did not realize how many obstacles would arise. I found myself the single mother of two children with special needs. Even though I have continued to always fight to get myself on the right career path for my family, I've never found the right path that works for our needs. I tried going to college, hoping that would get me on the right track, and did quite well until times got tough in my family life and I needed to quit. I have fought against the grain for fifteen years and basically gave up hope. WEN has shown me that I don't have to fight against the grain and I don't have to give up hope." - Marisol
College Graduates "After graduating in December from the University of Central Missouri I had thought I secured employment but to my surprise I had not. Months of job searching and no results forced me to realize something might be wrong in how I present myself or how my resume was formatted. I came to WEN in hopes to correct whatever issues I had in hopes to gain successful employment in my field. " - Britney
Women Reentering the Jobforce "After four years of being a caregiver to family members, getting back into the workforce seemed a little scary. Things have changed a lot in that short amount of time. I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do or how I wanted to go about it. I knew I needed some help and a lot of support. I heard about Women’s Employment Network, read their website on the internet, and decided that it sounded like just what I needed. It’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made." - Erin
Although they all came to WEN with different needs and backgrounds, they have all since found employment.
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