Lizzie Shanahan lives in Leeds with her nine-year-old daughter. After going through a divorce, Lizzie Shanahan found herself thrust back into the job market suddenly after several years away raising her daughter.
So she was delighted when she found a part-time admin job in the travel industry which fitted perfectly around her daughter’s life.
But then a year in Coronavirus hit and with it Lizzie’s dreams of supporting her family - as she found herself furloughed like millions of others across the UK.
“I thought I had found a dream job but then Covid hit and travel was one of the worst industries to be in, explains Lizzie who lives in Leeds.
“I was petrified when I was furloughed as a single mum with a mouth to feed, as so many travel companies were going bust already and this was the last straw.”
But while at home, 40-year-old Lizzie spotted an ad for a free Digital Mums Bootcamp course.
“Digital Mums had always been on my radar but the Bootcamp course really appealed, explained Lizzie. “I thought it may make me more attractive to my employer if I was to come back from furlough or if the worst happened, and I lost my job, I would have boosted my CV.
“I had signed up for a digital marketing course at the start of lockdown but it was awful, the lessons were really long and dull and I knew the Digital Mums course wouldn’t be like that.
“I was a bit apprehensive about how much time it was going to take out of my day but I found the work manageable and it was great that I could listen to some of the lessons as I did the housework and went about my day.”
For Lizzie, the best thing about the Bootcamp is the renewed confidence it has given her.
“I thought the professional side of me had died when I became a mummy but I found that many of the skills I thought I’d lost came back after doing the Digital Mums course explained Lizzie.
“I was surprised by how doable and accessible the course is.
“You shed your career when you become a mum, and alongside my divorce, that had a massive effect on me, but I can honestly say that the Digital Mums Bootcamp course has been life-changing.
“It was awful being furloughed. But if I hadn’t been, I wouldn’t have had the time to do this course so I’m grateful I’ve been given this opportunity.
“Whatever happens in the future I feel confident now to see what’s out there.”