Employment Success Stories

Monika’s story

The best way to describe the impacts of our programmes is to hear from one of our clients. Here’s Monika’s story: Monika is in her late 20s and is highly educated. When she came to Ireland seven years ago she held a Degree and a Masters in Marketing and Media from her home country. When Monika arrived in Ireland her priority was to find a job so that she could support herself and improve her English. This meant putting thoughts of pursuing her career in marketing and media on hold and accepting the first jobs which she was offered which included working as a waitress in the hospitality sector, followed by working in customer service in a bank for three years. Monika then had an accident in which she was seriously injured. She had to leave her job and went on Disability Allowance while she recovered, which took two years....

Jennifer’s story

Jennifer moved out of the family home after a breakdown in her relationship with her mother. She contacted Focus Ireland and after a period in a homeless hostel was linked with the Stepping Stone Charity who provided her with independent accommodation in the city centre. She was then referred to Ready for Work by her support worker. The client immediately impressed us as being independent, capable and a strong communicator; she also had a clear career goal of becoming a childcare worker. The Ready for Work team sourced a placement in a small family-run childcare business, this being the first time they participated in Ready for Work. Jennifer said she really enjoyed this work experience and it confirmed for her that childcare is what she’d like to pursue….Here is the feedback she received from the crèche manager: “I think Jennifer would make an excellent childcare worker. It was a pleasure...