Getting back to work after a long career break
Returning to work after many years away can be a daunting prospect. Your skills feel out of date and it can be hard to know where to begin. However, many employers now offer Return to Work programmes or ‘Returnships’, which act as a bridge back to a roles for those who have taken extended career breaks. In this Pod, we look at how Returnships work and explore lots of other strategies, tips and ideas to help you start thinking about getting back to work with renewed confidence and a sense of excitement.
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In this podcast, Gemma McCrae talks to “She’s Back” author Lisa Unwin about how women can return to work after a career break. She gives her top tips on what to do and how to do it. Lisa Unwin is the founder of She’s Back, a business whose purpose is to enable business to access the unique talent in women returning to work after an extended career break.Play
A World Economic Forum report from 2015 found that a large number of countries “have failed to reap the returns on a pool of highly educated and skilled women”. To discuss why that is and how returning to work can be made better for women, Kathy Sheridan was joined by Karin Lanigan, the Manager of Career Development and Recruitment Services for Chartered Accountants Ireland and Elaine Russell, career coach with Women Returners Ireland.Play
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Coming back into the tech industry from a career break can seem like a daunting task. Select companies like CapGemini have begun returnship programs, internship-like support programs aimed at getting talented technologists back into work. Tricia Driver joins us to teach us more about the structure of these programs and what those on a career break should look for when coming back.Play
If you’ve taken a career break and are now looking to return to the workforce, would you consider taking an internship? Career reentry expert Carol Fishman Cohen thinks you should. In this talk, hear about Cohen’s own experience returning to work after a career break, her work championing the success of “relaunchers” and how employers are changing how they engage with return-to-work talent.Watch
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A list of returner programmes offered by UK employers in 2019View list
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From womenreturners.com, articles that aim to guide you through the return to work journey, tackling the mental and the practical challenges, and covering everything from rebuilding your confidence, to deciding what to do next to writing a back-to-work CVRead More
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