Finding my feet
Dominique Yoboue has been a Phoenix resident for a year and lives in Bellingham with her husband and 3 children. Dominique has been applying for jobs with help from our Roots into Work scheme and encourages other residents to do the same.
I wanted to get back into work because my kids are now in school and I wanted to start building my career. It was difficult to find the motivation, but then I heard about the Roots into Work programme when I was at The Green Man.
I started the programme a few weeks before lockdown happened. I was coached by Uche and in those first few weeks she’d call me and discuss training or courses that Phoenix were offering and to see if I was interested.
Uche was really helpful and has helped me to write my CV and apply for jobs that previously I wouldn’t have thought I was able to do. I feel very blessed to have her coach me. During the lockdown, I’ve done an online one-to-one confidence building session which has really helped boost my confidence. Uche has also been supporting me to apply for new jobs.
Before I would see job advertisements and not even think about applying. I’ve always had the skills for the jobs but just not known it! Now I have the confidence I need to apply and to do the interview.
Since doing the programme I’ve been applying for jobs, and recently, Uche helped me to apply for an apprenticeship with Phoenix!
The lockdown has been a tough time for all of us, whether you’ve been in work or not. If you want to get into work or progress your career, I’d encourage you to check out the Roots into Work programme.
It’s a great way to build your confidence and get the skills you need whether it’s updating your CV or knowing what to say in a job interview. The staff are really encouraging and go the extra mile to help regardless of your ability or situation.