8th February 2017

Far too many times, a more experienced woman has lost out to a less qualified man. So much so, that the term “glass ceiling” was coined to describe the phenomenon of seemingly being unable to compete against men on a level playing field. In the face of such apparent prejudice, would anyone blame us for losing confidence in ourselves and our abilities?

So how must Hillary Clinton feel to have lost out to Donald Trump – especially with the knowledge that she won the popular vote by almost 3 million? Well, according to the BBC, her initial response was to want to “curl up with a good book and never leave the house again”.

However, since then, whilst Donald Trump’s has been settling into the White House, Mrs Clinton has bounced back to declare “the future is female“.

According to Hello Magazine, in that same speech, she declared, “We need strong women to step up and speak out. We need you to dare greatly and lead boldly. So please, set an example for every woman and girl out there who’s worried about what the future holds and wonders whether our rights, opportunities and values will endure. And remember, you are the heroes and history makers, the glass ceiling breakers of the future. As I’ve said before, I’ll say again, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world.”

However, where employment is concerned, that may be easier said than done in Liverpool. According to the Office of National Statistics, Liverpool has consistently ranked first in the highest percentage of “workless households”. So, if we women are to break glass ceilings and make the most of our opportunities, then surely we must first get into the workplace!

Happily, WHISC are here to help you do just that. The ‘Do It’ Project will help you increase your self-esteem, set your goals and learn new skills, prepare your CV, and learn how to present yourself at interview.

The course is for all women over the age of 18 who are unemployed, between jobs, looking to return to work, and eligible to work in the UK.

The course consists of a combination of group work, one-to-one support, and three hours a week voluntary work at WHISC (for three months). There is also the opportunity to undertake NVQ Level 2 in Customer Service Skills or attend WHISC’s accredited Women’s Health Training Course.

To apply for the course, or for more information, please do get in touch.