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  • Getting out there! Selling your value

    You've got to the stage where you know you want to (or need to) return to the workplace - but you also know that things have changed. Social media is now part of the recruitment process, flexible working is the new norm and you aren't quite s...
    • 29 Sep 2017
  • Job hunting just got social

    How to score a job in the social media era!  Social media is an umbrella term to describe websites that connect people and involve user-generated content, rather than ...
    • 24 Sep 2017
  • Join us for our Women Returners Conference on 20th November 2017!

    Following our first highly successful sell-out conference of 2016, we are delighted to be promoting our Women Returners Conference for this November 2017. If you are a professional who has been on an extended career break of at least 1 year, we ...
    • 21 Sep 2017
  • How to map your network for your return to work

    When you have had a career break from professional life, common thinking is that you no longer have a network or certainly not one that you can use to leverage your return to work. However our experience of supporting professionals in their return to...
    • 20 Sep 2017
  • Make your age work for you

    You are older and wiser, but have you “lost value” in the workplace? Over the past few weeks, I have been thinking about age in the workplace. A number of you have raised this as a concern from personal experience and I wanted to see how ...
    • 17 Sep 2017
  • Discovering your confident self

    Hello again! We had a great start to our comeback community events on 15 May at Chartered Accountants Hall. We kicked things off by exploring what we are good at; our strengths. We also thought about our goals in returning to work - and what a succes...
    • 13 Sep 2017
  • Your strengths: making the most of what you are good at

    In this series of blogs for the ICAEW Returners Community, I’m going to be talking about positive psychology and how science and a few simple tweaks to the way we view the world, and our contribution to it can make all the difference to our car...
    • 13 Sep 2017
  • Case study: Julia Morris

    Julia is an AQR Inspector at the Financial Reporting Council.

     “I’ve always enjoyed working. In fact I find not working far more challenging. I like that sense of belonging and the feeling of contributing. At the end of the day, that’s why I put myself through two degrees and an accountancy qualification. And now with kids, and especially two girls, I think it is really important to be a good role model, “says Julia Morris…

    • 13 Sep 2017
  • Events: Calling Manchester career breakers

    Join us at the Manchester Metropolitan University Business School on 18 October for a free half-day workshop for career breakers.

    This event aims to showcase some of the career break opportunities available at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, with a real view insight into individuals who have already taken advantage of these opportunities.

    Manchester Met Business School is keen to support the individuals…

    • 12 Sep 2017
  • Is a Returnship right for me?

    We are partnering with a variety of organisations in different sectors to deliver returnship programmes yet this is only one route back to the workplace and not necessarily right for everyone. If you are unsure whether this is the right route for you...
    • 10 Sep 2017
  • What about Dads? A perspective on returners

    Many working parents share work and family responsibilities between them. In the context of Shared Parental Leave legislation this is increasing and along with it a rising number of fathers choosing flexible working or to stay-at-home when their children are young[1].

    However, working parents are operating in a society that has strongly held expectations about who does what.  Look at the recent implied criticism of Chelsea…

    • 1 Sep 2017
  • Never too late to shine

    If you are worried about making a "comeback" in your 50's, watch this video about 80 year old Chinese model, Deshun Wang  . Age is clearly in the mind if you believe in yourself. No reason why accountants can't do the same. Please share you...
    • 20 Aug 2017
  • Tops tips from successful Returners

    Hi,  I'm one of the Lead Coaches with Women Returners supporting both women and organisations to help women successfully transition back to work after a career break. I thought you might want to take a look at a recent post on our blog about pra...
    • 15 Aug 2017
  • EQ, where the personal meets the professional

    If IQ is all about knowledge, EQ is all about self-knowledge. Emotional intelligence – EI, or EQ (“emotional quotient” as opposed to IQ, “intelligence quotient”) – I prefer EQ - is an increasingly important quality...
    • 13 Aug 2017
  • Blog: Why you should never say "I'll do anything" to an employer

    BY Carol Fishman Cohen

    Early on, before my company iRelaunch got good at providing training to relaunchers about what to say and what not to say when interacting with employers, employers reported a common refrain among the job seekers was “I’ll do anything.”  Candidates blurt out these words in an effort to appear flexible and easy to place.  They don’t realize that, with this simple phrase, they are shooting…

    • 7 Aug 2017
  • Blog: Wellbeing hacks – be better for less

    Wellbeing isn’t just for weekends, it’s for life.

    Everyone agrees these days that our health is something we are each individually responsible for, and can’t be taken for granted. The miracle pills and treatments we used to pop with confidence are all increasingly under the microscope and the focus is on prevention, not cure. To this end, health, fitness and overall wellbeing are all hot topics. These are…

    • 6 Aug 2017
  • Jobs: Barclays Returnship Opportunity

    Welcome back. Barclays is ready when you are

    If you’re thinking of returning to work, they’ve got everything ready for you

    Barclays is ready to launch Encore – a 12 week paid programme in which you’ll work on a live project, matched to your capabilities, experience and talent, with the opportunity for it to then become a permanent position.

    Barclays is ready to help you choose from a wide range of…

    • 31 Jul 2017
  • Blog: Networking – you have nothing to lose!

    Don’t like talking about yourself? It pays to listen…

    Are you one of those people who dread a networking event? All those awkward introductions, juggling a plate of food and a glass of warm white wine, faking enthusiasm, avoiding your ex-boss or worse, your ex. Or are you one of those social butterflies who like nothing more than slapping on a name badge, working a room and making new connections? Or are…

    • 30 Jul 2017
  • Blog: Mentors – who, why, where and how often?

    Everyone can use a mentor - and some of us may even be mentor material!

    There has been a lot of talk about mentors recently. The word is now in everyday parlance as mentors feature in most reality shows from X-Factor to The Apprentice. Traditional mentoring consists of identifying someone in your sphere of work more experienced than you who is happy to meet with you periodically to discuss your development in a chosen…

    • 23 Jul 2017
  • Tips: 5 Summer To Do's for Your Autumn Relaunch

    By Mary Beth Barrett-Newman

    Having worked with many relaunchers, I frequently hear the comment “I’ll start my job search after the summer.”  While it is certainly understandable to want to spend time enjoying summer activities, here are 5 things you can do to jumpstart an autumn relaunch without ruining your summer fun. 

    1. Start planting seeds – Use those block parties and barbeques to begin letting your…

    • 17 Jul 2017
  • Blog: Updating your CV? Look at what’s new in CV land

    A well-written curriculum vitae (“CV”) – Latin, meaning “course of one's life” - could change the course of your life!

    This week I am looking at the curriculum vitae (“CV”) or résumé – the story of you - and how this selling tool can get you further along the recruitment journey. Today's recruitment websites now provide lots of guidance on the world of work, from job search and CV writing…

    • 16 Jul 2017
  • Blog: 5 Reasons People Take a Pay Cut when Relaunching Careers

    By Carol Fishman Cohen

    When looking at stats on people who return to work after a career break, studies are cited that show taking a career break for three years or more results in a compensation hit of 37%. The problem with these stats is that they mask the intentionality behind decisions to take a lower compensated role. After years of working with thousands of “relaunchers,” we have found the reasons for taking lower…

    • 10 Jul 2017
  • Blog: Job interviews - take control of the process

    Selling yourself at interview is a challenge to us all – you just need a little practice!

    I heard a great anecdote recently – it could even be an urban myth (unless you recognise it as your own experience)? The story goes that a candidate for a job in banking was asked at interview if she has any weaknesses, to which she answered “Cream cakes”. She got the job. It’s not impossible that the opportunity to be witty…

    • 9 Jul 2017
  • Blog: Returners are not like other new joiners

    July 2017: Employers need to understand and support the needs of those who are returning to work if they want to benefit from the experience and maturity of this untapped pool of talent, says executive coach Geraldine Gallacher.

    Returnships are enjoying a moment in the media spotlight as the number of employers wanting to tap into the pool of returner talent grows. This includes professional women and, increasingly, men…

    • 6 Jul 2017
  • Blog: Volunteering on a career break – you live and learn

    Give something back, or pay it forward – either way, a good deed is its own reward!

    Last week I looked at travelling on a career break, “just” to see the world. Those who have taken a gap year or similar have often combined this with voluntary work, which is a great way of experiencing a country as the locals experience it, rather than as a tourist. There are many organisations these days connecting good people…

    • 2 Jul 2017