Step by step… to gain new qualifications
If we are only determined, we can make our professional dreams come true and be successful. Jolanta Tomalak found out that this cliche can actually be true. When she gave up a safe but unrewarding position, she didn’t give up. With the support of the project “Gain new professional qualifications!” she completed a tailoring course and began a new professional adventure.
For seventeen years I worked for a small, family-owned construction company. I handled procurement, human resources and payroll issues. A lot of work, a lot of stress. I paid for it with my health. Diagnosis: depression. I decided to leave, although it is was not easy to give up a safe full-time job and the guar antee of a monthly salary. I was afraid of what would happen next.
I was on sick leave for a long time. When I slowly started to regain my joy of life, I found a job in one o f the haberdasher shops in Chorzów. However, I lacked expertise in fabrics and tailoring. I qualified for an EU project that enabled me to take a course in cutting and se wing. In the class I learned about taking measurements, types of fabric and sewing accessories. I also learned the basics o f garment construction and learned how to sew on a machine. This knowledge is very useful to me in my work. Clients are often unfamiliar with tailoring, and I can advise them on fabric choices.
I’m already thinking about my next vocational course. Looking back, I can say that participating in the project was a personal and professional breakthrough for me. I’ve learned the hard way that sometimes it doesn’t make sense to hold on to a job that doesn’t bring you satisfaction and makes you wake up stressed and with a tight stomach every day. Sometimes you have to take a risk in life and start doing what you like and love. Especially since today many institutions can help you retrain. I am the best example.
Gain new professional qualifications!
Beneficiary: Vocational Education Centre in Katowice
Value of the project: ca. PLN 1.8 million
ROP WSL co-financing: ca. PLN 1.6 million
Implementation period: May 2018 – March 2021