International Women’s Day (March 8) is a moment in the year that encourages women to motivate each other, look back on all of our accomplishments, and gives us time to think of what we want to achieve as women in the future. It’s also a time when we (along with our allies) can get involved to praise women and help lift them up in social, political, cultural, and workplace settings. We recently did just that at Telstra, and it was so much fun – and rewarding!
A couple of weeks ago, I enlisted a group of Telstra employees to volunteer with New York’s Coalition for the Homeless’ First Step job training program. Roughly 70 percent of those living in New York City shelters are homeless and low-income families — and mostly single mothers and their children. This program helps participants gain the skills, experience and confidence needed to find living-wage jobs.
Telstra has worked with the Coalition for the Homeless and First Step over the years on a range of programs and projects, including the First Step internship program, clothing drives, First Step’s “Women Mean Business” luncheon, and, of course, mentoring programs. This particular volunteer opportunity was a part of Telstra’s activities this year surrounding International Women’s Day (as well as the company’s ongoing diversity and inclusion and community activism initiatives, which I’m a big supporter of and an active member of).
This time, about a dozen participants in the First Step program joined us for a job training event, which included virtual one-on-one coaching sessions covering how to create a stellar LinkedIn profile as well as how to pitch a promotion for yourself in 60 seconds or less. We also conducted mock interviews. All of this was done with the goal of boosting t confidence and equipping participants with the tools to go after their dream job.