A desire for retraining after 25 years in the same profession
After more than 25 years in the ready-to-wear retail sector, including a last position as shop manager Jules in Noisy-le-Grand, Gwenaëlle aspires to change jobs. She wants to recruit. During her annual interview, she raises the subject with her manager at the time. Bank. An HR officer position was created for her internally. She wants to train but her request is unsuccessful because her employers are in economic difficulty, so they declare a job protection plan (PSE). “At the start, I was eligible and finally not. They asked me to go back to the store. What I didn’t want”she recalls.
Rejected from the PSE, Gwenaëlle does not let go. While she is still in office, she decides to get financing for a continuing education in human resources management. She negotiates a mutual agreement : she receives a check for 5,000 euros (against 18,000 euros if she had been part of the PSE) and officially leaves Jules in December 2021.
A professional transition project to retrain
In November 2020, she therefore submitted a concrete request for a professional transition project (PTP) which she defended tooth and nail with Transitions Pro Ile-de-France.
I had called companies to ask them about the profession of human resources manager. I prepared a PowerPoint detailing these steps, listing the advantages and disadvantages of this job, mentioning the potential salary. So I explained my motivations for this conversion and how I was going to do it.
At the same time, well advised by a reclassification consultant (a scheme to which she can no longer claim because she is excluded from the PSE), who helps her given her motivation), she identifies her training: an RNCP level 6 title (master 1 level) of rHRM manager at IGS Continuing education. The cost of the training, 17,000 euros, was entirely covered by Transitions Pro Ile-de-France.
Exhausting continuous training
Gwenaëlle continued to receive her salary (until her departure in December 2021) while studying. Courses essentially at a distance require him to be fully available, “often from 8 a.m. to midnight”. Some subjects totally unknown to them, in particular payroll management, require them to redouble their efforts. Ditto for computer courses. At the end of her classes and her 6-week internship, she writes her 70-page dissertation and defends it in front of a jury. “Terrorized “she assures and wins her professional title in January 2022.
From the professional title to the stress of the job search
She then starts looking for a new job. A good hassle of 3 months during which, while being registered with Pôle emploi (which she does not recommend to avoid “losing self-confidence”), she sets up her micro-enterprise to carry out recruitment missions.
But the stress of not having a fixed salary wins over this single mother and often prevents her from sleeping.
One day, at 3 o’clock in the morning, I came across an advertisement for a recruitment officer at SNCF Réseau. I redid my CV until 7 am and applied. I was quickly contacted and in March 2022, I landed a 10-month CDD. A boon. At the end of this contract, I will be hired as a temporary CDI by Manpower to continue working for SNCF Réseau.
Regularly traveling to trade fairs, for job dating, information meetings, etc. to explain job vacancies in this branch of the SNCF, but also in charge of recruiting track maintenance staff, electricians and soon engineers, Gwenaëlle does not regret having fought for her professional retraining.
I like the job a lot, I am happy and financially secure. My human resources manager is very attentive and gives me great organizational autonomy on a daily basis.
A conversion that finally paid off
From now on Gwenaëlle earns 3060 euros gross monthly, executive status as a bonus. “At Jules, I earned 2200 euros as a supervisor. I joined the railway group at 2,800 euros and I have just been increased, ”she explains, relieved to finally be able to have a little slack in the management of her daily budget and to have recovered sleep.