Published on Tue, 14/11/2017 - 21:18
By
Elaine Dicerbo
Crossing Thresholds career reboot

Crossing Thresholds a year on…….What was I going to learn and what could I expect from an alumni event?

To be honest before the event and a year after my cohort ended I felt frustrated, unsettled and I needed to reinvigorate my career.

At the start of Nov 2015 I had been TDA/SEO and quickly secured a secondment to Business in the Community (BITC) on TDA to G7. What a fabulous year! Then I returned to the Civil Service in Nov 2016 and things stagnated.

Now, a year on my career had taken a backwards step. Returning to DWP as an HEO (failing to secure my promotion) I felt I had failed…(although I did have a few months TDA/SEO)……..where had I gone wrong and what did I need to do to get back on track?

The alumni speakers reminded us about securing a mentor… someone to support me and help me to move forward. I am in the process of doing this now!

The alumni event also helped me to reconnect with myself and reflect on my journey. Although, I have had a set back in my DWP career, I feel very fulfilled in my role as a Parish Councillor. We are developing strategies around how we integrate our local communities for the future and deliver the services despite the spending cuts.

I reminded myself of the enthusiasm I had when I started Crossing Thresholds. I honestly came away from the alumni event feeling well equipped to go forward. I have made a new plan which will ensure I aim for my G7 position.

I am currently raising my profile again as part of the Age Engagement Group and I recently presented at the first meeting on ‘building networks’ sharing my learning from BITC with colleagues.

I will seek out a mentor in the Communities and Local Government to help me achieve my goal of promotion.

I wanted to let everyone know at Thresholds that the event made a difference to me. Keep doing what you are doing - encouraging women to succeed. You are all simply the best!

I for one am really inspired by what the programme can offer.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your help and inspiration!