Women’s Empowerment graduate shares her journey in the Bee
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Candice Barton, an aspiring writer and graduate of Women’s Empowerment, recently shared her story in The Sacramento Bee. In the California Forum piece, Barton recalls the challenges she’s encountered while trying to find a job with a criminal record: “For the past eight months, I’ve spent most of my waking hours looking for work,” she writes. “I’ve filled out more than 100 applications and interviewed for 20 jobs, to no avail.”
According to Barton, when she became a student at Women’s Empowerment, she began to develop new job skills and the confidence to “keep pushing”–even during times of struggle. She writes:
[With] gaps in my work history, my confidence in re-entering the workforce was shaky. Thankfully, I took the suggestion of a courageous woman I met in recovery and enrolled at the Sacramento nonprofit known as Women’s Empowerment. It was a transforming experience.
Every day throughout the two-month program we were surrounded by loving staff dedicated to helping us regain our footing in the world. We were visited by inspiring, committed professionals from the community, who educated us on everything from how to dress professionally to interview techniques, public speaking and finding housing.
We were given access for life to a donated clothes closet we called Macy’s. Generous employees from Intel Corp. spent every Friday teaching us basic computer skills like Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Each of us was also assigned our own professional mentor, who met with us weekly to help us develop our employment portfolio along with a career-minded attitude.
The staff at Women’s Empowerment taught me how to display the assets I have with integrity, and by graduation day, a day I will always remember, I felt accomplished and prepared for the working world, with renewed self-confidence.
To read more of Candice’s story, please visit The Sacramento Bee.