In just two weeks’ time, I will be ditching my flip flops for heels, hiding the bags under my eyes with a generous application of makeup, and returning to the workforce.
I must admit that after 12 whole months of maternity leave, I’m going through a roller coaster of emotions right now. One minute I’m yearning to sink my teeth into a decent project, the next I’m freaking out that I’ve been away for so long I’ll have nothing to offer other than a detailed analysis of the last 12 months of Peppa Pig.
I received a call last week from a very cool chick I work with though, and I must admit she has me pumped about my return.
My work, you see, is doing something pretty awesome for women in Queensland. Something that I, as a woman who has been out of the workforce for 12 months and totally gets how daunting it can be to return to work, am excited about.
The Queensland Government (my work) via the Supporting Women Scholarships program is offering scholarships of up to $20,000 each to help women of all ages gain a qualification in a range of traditionally male dominated fields.
More than 300 scholarships are up for grabs for women to study agricultural, environmental, architecture, building, engineering, earth sciences or information technology courses. The courses can be anything from vocational education and training to undergraduate or postgraduate uni degrees.
If you’ve been on extended leave like me and are keen to refresh your skills before you re-enter the workforce, or if you want to take the leap into a completely new career, one of these scholarships could be a real win for you.
Nothing quashes your dreams more than lack of funds, especially if you have a family to support. $20,000 would go a long way in relieving the stress of financial burden giving you a real chance to chase your dreams and carve yourself a rewarding career.
If you know someone who may be interested in the scholarships – don’t forget it’s open to school leavers too – please share this post.
Applications close 11 October 2013 for scholarships commencing at the beginning of the 2014 academic year.
For detailed information about the Supporting Women Scholarships program, visit http://www.supportingwomen.qld.gov.au