Get back into work in 2018 with help from ICAEW

Another year has begun, where some of us promise to start a diet or take up a new hobby. But for the 3,700 ICAEW members currently on a career break, 2018’s resolution is likely to be something altogether different - a return to work plan.

Whether it’s been a few months or even a few years, workplaces change.

Professionally, the colleagues and IT systems that you might have relied on could have been replaced, with more emphasis on cloud-based software and hot-desking common in today’s workplaces. Your personal needs may also be different. Maybe you need flexible hours to help manage family responsibilities or perhaps you are looking for a part-time role before going back to work full-time.

With these concerns when you decide to return to work after a career break it’s no surprise that your confidence levels might just need a little boost. Right now, performing well at an interview or finding a new, understanding employer might seem as likely as dropping a dress size overnight.

ICAEW has dedicated resources to help you get back into the job saddle, so to speak. And while we advocate practising your interview technique in the mirror, polishing up that CV and researching your ideal companies to work for, we also have some more practical advice to offer.

Practical support

Did you know that as a career breaker you have access to a series of workshops throughout 2018 run in partnership with CABA? If you’re thinking of returning to work then this is a great place to start.

Topics include reviewing your career path, rebuilding your professional confidence, reactivating your network and becoming an expert interviewee. You can attend just one or all four, which is recommended if returning to work is something you’re working towards.

Our first workshop kicks off on 27 March at Chartered Accountants' Hall. Hosted by employee wellbeing consultant, trainer and coach Lucy Whitehall, the workshop will look at the range of options that are available to you, how you can use positive psychology in your job search and how you can identify any areas of strength or weakness. There are only 24 places available for the workshop, so book now to avoid disappointment. Registration is completely free, and you can book online here.

Future workshops in the series will take place in May, September and November. You can find out more about the content of those workshops or register here.

We also have a Technical Update for career breakers which will help those that are about to return to work get up to speed with all the latest technical developments in the accounting field. Topics covered include the UK financial reporting regime, business crime and other legal risks and the recent taxation changes affecting individuals, businesses, companies and employers. Registration is just £25 + VAT for ICAEW members that are unemployed or on a career break. Book online here.

Finally, we offer free 1-2-1 career coaching and support, kindly provided by CABA, where you can receive personalised guidance and leave with a specific return to work program.

If you'd like any further information call +44 (0)1908 248 250 or email