" I have been off work over two years after my maternity leave and have been looking for work since. What I really needed was someone outside my family to build my confidence again "

My name is Rosaline Bacchus and I am one of the fortunate of the Open Door Project. I have just started work as Reachout Support Worker with Castle Vale Community Regeneration Services (CVCRS).

I have been off work over two years after my maternity leave and have been looking for work since. I did some courses to help me broaden my chances in the job market but the door was getting narrower and narrower. I was really feeling down and began to think that I was good for nothing. I have lost my confidence and my English was getting poor. I was telling my husband that I don’t think I will be able to speak good English in front of people outside my family members any more because English been my sixth language. Sometime, I struggler to express myself and I get really frustrated.

In April this year the local newspaper “Vale mail” was dropped through our door and I picked-up and going through it and saw Tahmina Choudhury, the Employment Development Officer’s picture advertising the Open Door Project. I said to my husband that I need to go and visit this lady to see if her job door will be opened to me. So I rang and left a message for Tahmina to arrange an appointment. She called me back the same day and we arranged to meet at her office within 48 hours.

I bought my CV with me and said to Tahmina that I will do any job including cleaning work because I don’t think I will be able to do any accounting or finance work. We had nearly 2 hours session and during the assessment, my EDO took me through my CV on my employment history, work experience and qualifications I’ve got. She said to me you are a qualified accountant and why would you have such a low self esteem. She boosted my confidence by helping me to be positive about myself and about what I know and can do.

My EDO told me about the job Reachout Support Worker if I will be interested to apply for. I said yes and she gave me the application pack. The closing date was the following Monday so she did ask me if I would like any help with the form but I declined it. What I really needed was someone outside my family to build my confidence again and that person was Tahmina, my EDO. I have been shortlisted for the interview and we did interview techniques skills over the phone and that was really good. I got the job.

I am so happy to get a job within my local community. This is something I have never dreamed of. I live only 10 minutes walk from my work place. This will save me the waiting time of public transport and the traffic stress to in and out of work. Isn’t that wonderful!

I am so grateful of the support and the skills I received from the Open Door Project through my EDO. With the Open Door Project a door has opened to me.

Thank you Open Door Project.

Rosaline Bacchus 

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