The initiative of counseling, care training, and placement of job internships with local employers is targeted at ensuring the women TCNs are well equipped and ready to access the job market.
The adoption of this initiative was borne out of the desire to easily integrate women into the labour market. We have found out during our encounter with most women TCNs that they are not yet ready for employment. Most of them were not prepared and for them to earn a job placement in the Dutch market, they have to upskill and restructure their mindsets. It is very clear to us during the counseling section that the group of women is very diverse, and as such, they need guidance to learn the Dutch culture. Therefore, the group activities were focused on group bonding so that the women can find support in each other. The information shared during these meetings consisted of general knowledge about job hunting, the job market, and relevant laws and regulations.
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Preparing TCN women’s minds through career guidance. There will probably be a long list of inquiries for the career counselor from women. As they become ready to start a profession, specialized training in career services is a useful source of knowledge.
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Organizing and preparing the women TCNs for career development, motivation, and development. This could be achieved from a list of available questions put up to the women and also the need to train them on structuring and updating CV and cover letters to match with the local labour market. We organized the career preparedness workshop to put the women up for career applications.