My name is Kanwal and I have been in Ireland for a year. Although I have a MPhil in Linguistics and over 5 years teaching experience I found it impossible to get work as I have no experience in Ireland. It was very difficult for me to be just sitting at home.
One day I called into Louth Volunteer Centre and they guided me to find the right volunteer opportunity. With their help I applied for the role of Administrative Assistant with the North East Cancer Research & Education Trust (NECRET). Their Fundraising Manager interviewed me and then offered me this voluntary position.
The Fundraising Manager was so supportive of my self-development and was very encouraging in general. During my time with NECRET the role grew and I became involved in areas such as designing fundraising projects – including one which is still running and involves schoolchildren designing paintings. I love art myself and painted a map of the North East – Cavan, Monaghan, Louth, Meath and North Dublin, to represent the area NECRET covers and this painting is still hanging on the wall of the office.
Through my volunteering experience I regained my confidence and decided to start applying for jobs again. Ciaran in NECRET in particular really inspired me to push for ‘good’ jobs. I recently got employment as a New Product Development Assistant in East Coast Bakehouse – I was even interviewed by Alison Cowzer from Dragon’s Den! I am so happy with to have gotten this job. Honestly, it is because of Louth Volunteer Centre as they guided me so well in the first place. Thank you so much for making me a part of Louth volunteer programme.