What Is WAND?
Women Achieving New Directions is a 6-session career development and networking service. In the current economic downturn, when unemployment rates are rising, it’s clear that women heads of households are among the groups taking the hardest hit.
Moreover, women are still earning less than their male counterparts. Women who are full-time wage and salary workers earn only 80% of what equivalent men earn. WAND helps women discover more about themselves, develop job readiness skills and career confidence, network with potential employers, and think about non-traditional career opportunities.
#1 Nice to Meet You! Getting to Know Your Personality
Discussion-based session that examines personality traits, job likes and dislikes, career issues, and marketable skills. This session also examines potential career options based on interests, skills and values and includes the Meyers Briggs type indicator.
#2 Getting Down to Business: Finding Your Career
This session is all about discovering one’s self through understanding personal and professional values. It focuses on self evaluation and group discussion of how personal values fit into a career choice. the session ends with setting both long term and short term goals.
#3 Job Search
The third session covers networking and the importance of having a personal network. Participants learn networking skills and goal setting to meet professionals in their field of interest. It covers informational interviews and telephone contacts.
#4 Cover Letters & Resumes: Tools that Open the Door
This session helps participants draft the ever-so-important cover letter. It also reviews the dos and don’ts of resume writing, the types of resumes and the components of resume writing.
#5 Preparing for the Interview
This session reviews the goals of job interviewing, interview preparation, and mock interviews. This session also reviews the appropriate interview attire and grooming tips for dressing for success.
#6 Ready to Work Make-Over
In this final session all participants will receive a complementary ready-to-work makeover including hairstyling and make-up application.
Sessions will last between 1.5 to 2 hours each.
Cost & Location
Costs vary based on program location.
WAND will be held at designated agency sites throughout the Lehigh Valley. WAND has been held at various locations in Bethlehem, Easton, and Allentown.
Call the YWCA for upcoming program times and locations.
Register your interest in the WAND program via this form. A member of the YWCA staff will contact you with upcoming dates.