When expecting her third child, Lisa was unexpectedly made redundant from her job in August 2009 after 17 years. The baby arrived and the months rolled by and her redundancy money started to fade away very fast. Things got worse when her husband also lost his job in March 2010.
Amid the doom and gloom, a leaflet popped through her door from Pitman Training. Lisa remembered Pitman from her schooldays, when she had taken a secretarial course, but didn’t realize they were still around!
“I was delighted that Pitman Training Swords was very local to me. After a meeting with Roy and Maria I realised that this was exactly what I needed to up-skill. So in October 2010 I started my Diploma Executive PA course and, as I only had a couple of hours a day, three days a week, I worked hard and ploughed through the courses when I could, around childcare.
In June 2011 I had finished all the modules and passed all the exams put before me. I received two diplomas, one as Medical Secretary and the other as Executive PA. I was over the moon as I had never achieved any qualifications before and never thought I would be able to do it!
With my diplomas and a very well written CV (with the help of Roy and Maria), I started to apply for work. I applied for all the newspapers advertisements and set up email alerts with Irish Jobs, Monster.ie, etc., and registered with employment agencies. I searched every night on the Internet for employment. It was a gruelling task and very unrewarding, as in a lot of cases I never received any responses at all.
However, I received a phone call from Maria in Pitman Training and she wished to put me forward for a job which had become available. I jumped at the chance and now four weeks on I am in a local Health & Safety Training Consultancy working away.
Throughout all the time of looking and applying for work, the Team in Pitman Training kept in touch with me and made me feel that it was very worthwhile to keep applying for jobs and to stay positive. They have always been at the other end of the phone when I have questions and are always there to help in any way they can.
I have not looked back since and will not forget the help and support of the Team in Pitman Training.”
We were so pleased for Lisa when her hard work studying was rewarded with a job offer. She and others like her have been through some very hard times and it is lovely to see people carving out a good future for themselves through difficult times.
If you are in despair of ever finding work again, come and talk to us in the centre. We can give you career advice and guidance and see which careers your current skills and interests could lead you to, with a bit of extra training.
If you are in danger of being made redundant, it is vital that you come and talk to us as quickly as possible. We can ease the transition and often work with employers, who have a responsibility to help you retrain.