After escaping a violent relationship Ava* was excited to begin a new chapter in her life. But even with a tertiary qualification, her lack of employment experience in Australia repeatedly held her back.
“Every day I would go to a different suburb and walk up and down the street handing out my resume. I would have done any job, but no one ever called back. I felt so lost.”
Through inSpire Ava* completed culturally informed pre-employment training, learning how to search for work, tailor her resume and cover letter, and practiced interview skills while learning about work culture in Australia.
“Before this, I didn’t feel good about my experience. I felt like it’s nothing. Doing this, matching the ads and keywords to my skills, that’s when the light-bulb popped. I knew I could do it.”
After being accepted for a community outreach role earlier this year Ava* accessed an inSpire Mini-Grant to help cover the cost of her son’s childcare while she waited for her first paycheck.
“Knowing he was safe meant I could focus on learning the job. I don’t have family here so it made a big difference.”
As a result of COVID-19, work is scarcer, jobs are more competitive than ever, and the women we work with are often the most affected. Gift a donation today to help women like Ava* find meaningful employment and move past their experience of family violence.
*Names have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals.