By the Employability Service of the Athens Solidarity Center*
T. from Morocco is an active and dynamic woman with lots of skills and a big, beautiful smile on her face. T. has been a beneficiary of the employability service at the Athens Solidarity Center for a long time. Along with her employability counselor, the young woman participated in counseling sessions, increasing her self-knowledge and different skills.
Among others, T. loves cooking, and she has her own Facebook page where she shares tasty recipes from Morocco. At the same time, she speaks many languages, and she dreams of becoming a nurse. From the first moment she shared her dream with us, nursing seemed to be a great match for her empathetic, always-willing-to- help personality. For this reason, with the support of the employability counselor of the employability service, T. enrolled in an evening Vocational High School (EPAL) to pursue the specialty of nursing. She has already been studying there for a year and continues with the same enthusiasm! Through school her Greek is also improved tremendously, as we found out when she last visited us at the Center.
Also, during this visit, T. discussed with her employability counsellor the possibility of applying for jobs in interpretation. And so it happened. Job applications were made to several humanitarian organizations, where the multilingual T. could combine her knowledge with her need to offer. At the beginning of the effort, we had no news from the interviews and our effort was focused on enhancing her confidence. And indeed, persistence and patience won.
When an organization asked for the assistance of the Center’s employability service for recommending female candidates to work as psycho-social workers in various languages, T. immediately came to the mind of her employability counselor and recommended her without any doubt. On the last day of 2020, an email from T. confirmed that all went well. It was the best way to end a demanding but challenging and creative year:
“Good morning Eva,
I want to tell you that I done the interview with …. and they chose me, so yesterday I make all the papers they asked and give it to them, I hope it will be okay. Thank you, so much and happy New Year…”
* Since May 2019, the Athens Solidarity Center is financed by EEA and Norway Grants, with HumanRights360 and CROWE Greece as the fund operator. The Center is also supported by the Municipality of Athens.