Belen Finds Her Dream Job Through Welcome to Work Programme
Originally from Spain, Belen decided to take a career break from her job in Elevator Emergency Response and move to Ireland to improve her English.
She was working part time in a supermarket and as a volunteer for Oxfam in Galway but was struggling to integrate within the community as her conversational English was poor. When she saw an online advert for the Welcome to Work programme, she didn’t hesitate to get in touch with Seetec.
Welcome to Work is delivered by Seetec in Galway and Castlebar. The 13-week course offers people who have moved to Ireland support with boosting their employment opportunities. Participants undertake training to improve their English language, learn how to use a computer, gain skills in searching and applying for jobs online, build a professional CV and gain interview skills.
Belen found the programme welcoming and comfortable. It helped with her confidence, she improved her English, received help with her interview skills and undertook mock interviews for practice. She enjoyed meeting new people and integrating with the group.
Over the course of the programme a paid position came up with Oxfam as an Assistant Manager. Seetec’s Advisers helped Belen with her interview skills, so she was as ready as she could be for the interview. Her hard work paid off and she is now working in paid employment full time in Oxfam as the Assistant Manager.
Overjoyed by her success, Belen said “I love my job and now I’m getting paid doing what I love. The programme helps people with their English, improve their CV and find a job - all the things that are required in Ireland. I would definitely recommend Welcome to Work to all my friends and family”.
Photo: Left to right - Seetec Adviser Orna and Welcome to Work participant Belen receiving her completion certificate