WITH bubbly in hand, Susan Gaudron of Kyogle celebrated her graduation yesterday from a course designed to assist women to return to the workforce.
She is now well on her way to a career in events management and, more particularly, to organising events which satisfy the "retail freak" within.
Along with six other women, Ms Gaudron completed the 14-week course Access to Work and Training (also known as Work Opportunities for Women) through TAFE Outreach.
The course has given her communication and leadership skills and has also made her more assertive and self-confident.
She can also now put together a resume and write bowl-them-over job-application letters.
Ms Gaudron wants to transfer her skills as a clothing designer and seamstress to organising events such as fashion parades.
"That is what this course did. It took my transferable skills of being a mother and sewing for years and said this is what you have got and this is probably what you can do with them," she said.
"The course has given me the skills to communicate and get my message out there and talk to people.
"(It's also shown me) all the resources that we have and made me realise what is out there to help us. There is lots of information that is just not readily available - you have to be in the system to know what to look for."
Course co-ordinator Kaylene Chamberlain said good outcomes flow from the course, with women finding jobs or undertaking further study.
"Women's courses always have good outcomes and in this one we have had two women successful already in finding a job," she said.
She said running the course as an outreach program is beneficial.
"We run courses in areas or for people with barriers for training. We are going to the woman rather than them coming into town," she said.