Flourish Return to Work program helping Rockingham women kick career goals

Telissa RyderSound Telegraph
The faces behind Flourish: Helen Holan (left) and Kendal Drew wanted to create a program that empowered women in the Rockingham area
Camera IconThe faces behind Flourish: Helen Holan (left) and Kendal Drew wanted to create a program that empowered women in the Rockingham area Credit: supplied

Rockingham women looking to get back into to the workforce will be given a helping hand, with a specialised career management program kicking off in June.

Put together by the directors of Strategic Career Management, partnering with UWA, Women in Technology WA, Rockingham Kwinana Chamber of Commerce and Montessori Rockingham School, the program is fully funded through the National Careers Institute.

Strategic Career Management has worked with more than 3500 individuals and organisations, delivering over 60corporate workshops since 2019.

The Flourish Return to Work program aims to help support local women recognise their skills, strengths and interests, build their confidence, and reconnect them with the workforce through mentors and industry networks.

Director of SCM, Kendal Drew, said after speaking with local women, it was apparent a service like this was needed.

“It’s a new program that was developed by Helen Holan and I after seeing a need for high quality career services to be offered within the city, as the link between the aspiration and promotion of ongoing education for locals,” she said.

“My view is that people need to know their ’motivated why’ for choosing a career direction, this is the glue that will keep them on track to continuing with their plan, even when faced with difficulties or challenges.”

Starting on June 14, the program runs for eight weeks with a blend of small group workshops and one-on-one sessions with a career coach.

Weeks one to three focus on an introduction to career planning, weeks four to five are all about developing a career map and building confidence and presence, while weeks six to eight focus on storytelling for interviews and professional conversations, as well as job shadowing and mentor matching.

Ms Drew said the program was designed for women who wanted to get back into the workforce, but weren’t sure where to start.

“I’ve been in their shoes,” she said. “As a woman who stepped out of paid employment to raise a family, I’ve been through the process of identifying my own career motivations, value in the market and finding my own new career direction. “

“I went through this process largely on my own and would have valued a service like this at that time. “

“I’ve enjoyed renewed career satisfaction in the past decade on my return to work in an entirely new direction and I wish the same positive results for every woman on her own return to work journey.”

Limited places for the Flourish program are available, to find out more and register interest, head to the Strategic Careers website or call 1300 235 726.

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