Mariane Herry

Mariane Herry

I now have a stable job that suits me perfectly

Mariane had some difficulty finding a job in social work after finishing her degree. She registered with Pôle Emploi, a French governmental agency that supports unemployed people, and benefitted from Intensive Youth Support, a scheme co-funded by the European Social Fund. Thanks to the scheme, Mariane has now found a job in her chosen field.

Through this scheme, I was supported for six months by an adviser at the Brest Marine branch of Pôle Emploi, who helped me put together my CV and a cover letter, as well as build up some contacts.
Mariane Herry,
24
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Social worker at Pôle Emploi
Why did you decide to contact Pôle Emploi?

“In October 2015, I gained my state diploma as a social and family finance counsellor, as I wanted to be a social worker. But I couldn't find a job in my field. In November 2015, I took up a role as biotechnology teacher. I did however register with Pôle Emploi during the summer holidays as I was still looking for a role as a social worker. Not long after, I was invited to attend a group information session to help me in my job search. It was at this session that I found out about the Intensive Youth Support scheme and made a first appointment.”

How was the European Union involved in your story?

“The Youth Support Scheme is co-funded by the European Social Fund, which was set up to support high-quality job creation in the EU and improve the career prospects of EU citizens. Through this scheme, I was supported for six months by an adviser at the Brest Marine branch of Pôle Emploi, who helped me put together my CV and a cover letter, as well as build up some contacts. 

I went back to my biotechnology teaching role in September 2016. However, I continued with the Youth Support Scheme. With my job, I could no longer meet my adviser during the week, but we stayed in touch by phone and email, and I attended interviews during the school holidays. She suggested that I apply for a number of vacancies, one of which was an employment adviser at Pôle Emploi.”

What impact did the European Social Fund have on your life?

“Thanks to the Youth Support Scheme, I got a role as an employment adviser at Pôle Emploi on a fixed-term contract in February 2017. Since October 2017, I have been in charge of Global Support (Accompagnement Global), a programme also co-funded by the European Social Fund. The programme helps jobseekers who encounter social issues related to, for example, accommodation, health or childcare. I am now in a permanent role and am really happy to have a stable job that matches my qualifications, in a field I really wanted to work in.”

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