An exciting new programme to unlock the potential of job seekers has been launched in Galway. Potential participants taking part in this 30-day career boost project, which starts on November 8, will enjoy taking part in a parachute jump, climbing Croagh Patrick, and visiting an active Dáil Éireann session. There will be kayaking, mountain trailing, bio energy sessions, charity events, brainstorming talks in addition to a variety of problem-solving activities and sample interview preparations - all complemented by appropriate and extremely beneficial career tips throughout the 30 days.
Eric Elwood commented that he is delighted to support this community project by saying “It is great to support this initiative which will be invaluable to job seekers, it’s a great idea.” Joe Connolly added his voice. “I am seriously impressed with the idea of affording people the opportunity to participate in a range of initiatives, a brilliant idea which will be extremely workable.”
Former Cllr Mary Leahy's involvement came about because of its practical advantages which will connect people to their objectives in a meaningful and spirited way. Galway footballer Diarmaid Blake added, 'this is a super project which sounds like a lot of fun, shows great initiative which will be seriously productive for job seekers."
The brains behind this unique initiative is part-time GMIT lecturer Seán Connaughton, who explains that everything we need to lead a successful and fulfilling life is available to us within our own community.
“We need to talk other people's currency and become more aware of how our skills and attributes will benefit potential employers. The one obstacle in life for most of us is having a lack of confidence. Confidence really starts with building on our self-worth, which allows us to have a broad range of skills, interests and motivation.
“The project is designed to expand people's skillset in an encouraging and productive way. Each activity is designed to facilitate a continuity of achievements. The only real way to achieve our potential is to set realistic challenges, throw in some fun and the results will speak for themselves,” explained Mr Connaughton who has achieved his commitment to run a series of interactive programmes to highlight the need of vulnerable children in Zambia, throughout 2010, after a recent trip to Africa. He explained, “It’s all about getting people involved and encouraged to achieve their goals and ambitions as well as being resourceful in their quest to land that all-important job.”
“This 30-day career boost project will significantly increase people's job ambitions. The project will prove to the participants that they can easily gain or regain their confidence through accomplishment, and by being part of something special,” he adds. “We're looking for people who want to achieve their potential and who will actively engage in the programme. It’s the first of its kind in Ireland with the detail behind the project designed to greatly benefit and support each participant.
”The goodwill in the community is very evident with the uptake on making all the events possible. It's really down to the humanity of people who believe in supporting the community in practical, memorable and beneficial ways. No body said no which is a huge positive message in itself.
“All the contributors to the 30-day programme are giving their time and resources on a voluntary basis. The activities involved will lead people to excel and broaden their choices, and exercise their influencing skills as well as encouraging them to be motivated through hope and encouragement. It is designed to instill confidence, get participants thinking and show them that action builds confidence, leading to positive opportunities of securing job fulfillment.” More importantly, it will show them how to use their skills and time wisely and effectively.
The 30 day career boost will also help raise awareness for vulnerable children in Zambia under the dedicated care of the Presentation Sisters, the vulnerable children are the inspiration behind the programme.
Job seekers interested in taking part in the 30-Day Career Boost, which is free of charge, should email [email protected] or contact Sinéad on 087 906 9203. The programme begins on Monday 8th November 2010