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    • 23 May 2017
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    Why your salary history is becoming irrelevant

    Philadelphia is among the U.S. cities most rich in history, and in January of this year, it made history once again by becoming the first city in the nation to bar employers from asking potential hires to provide their salary history . The move was applauded by supporters of gender equality as a long overdue measure that will help to close the gender pay gap that currently leaves women earning 80 cents for every dollar...
    • 23 May 2017
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    Top 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 practical top tips based on the stories from our network of those who have returned to work after various lengths of career break. Do hope you might find this and other posts...
    • 21 May 2017
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    Slow down – I’m on a career break

    Hello there! I am a Chartered Accountant currently on a career break. Someone suggested I start a blog so I did! Feel free to check it out here or on LinkedIn, and please comment, as I am interested to find out what other people are doing with their career break. Here's week 1's blog. Slow down – I’m on a career break If we are already connected on LinkedIn, you will have seen that I am currently...
    • 11 May 2017
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    Jobs: Macquarie Returner Programme

    The Macquarie Group has launched their second Macquarie Returner Programme. The London based, full-time, 12 week paid programme, starts in September 2017. Applicants will have had a career break of at least two years and have relevant or transferable skills for the following business groups: Corporate and Asset Finance Commodities and Global Markets Asset Management Capital Corporate Operations Risk Management...
    • 11 May 2017
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    Your strengths: making the most of what you are good at

    In this series of blogs for the ICAEW Comeback 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 career and personal wellbeing. What are your key strengths in life and in work? And why can clarifying your strengths be the difference between a good life and living the best...
    • 3 May 2017
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    Jobs: Virgin Money ReCareer Programme

    To career, or not to career, that is the question… Virgin Money is delighted to launch its ReCareer Programme , dedicated to talented professionals who are returning to work following a career break. What is the ReCareer Programme? The 13-week ReCareer Programme is specifically designed to provide a supported route back to work for career returners. It is a 13-week paid professional internship. The programme...
    • 3 May 2017
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    Jobs: EY Reconnect invites Tax candidates to apply

    EY is delighted to invite candidates with a tax background to join our career returner programme, EY Reconnect. Open to individuals at Manager level and above, the programme helps harness a truly diverse talent pipeline, by attracting those who have experienced a career break of between 2-10 years. The programme provides an induction, coaching and mentoring as well as an instant peer group for additional support. This...
    • 1 May 2017
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    Case study: Charlotte Blyton shares her career relaunch journey

    Guilt. Anxiety. Self-doubt. Having to prove yourself all over again. Not being 100% au fait with changes that have taken place in the industry. Feeling compelled to re-enter the workforce in a more junior position. Not having flexibility to be at children’s events. These are some of the fears that hold many professional women back from returning to work. In a recent article by The Guardian’s Harriet Minter...
    • 27 Apr 2017
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    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...
    • 27 Apr 2017
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    International Women’s Day - ‘be bold for change’.

    A recent KPMG study estimates that 96m skilled women aged between 30 and 54 are on career breaks worldwide, of whom 55m have experience as middle managers or in more senior roles. A separate survey by GfK, showed that eight out of 10 women believed more support was needed for women who wanted to return to work. If you are have taken a break from work you are certainly not alone as more than 3,500 ICAEW members are currently...
    • 26 Apr 2017
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    The Government Wants To Help Mothers Return To Work, But What Can Flexible Working Really Bring To An Organisation?

    Last month the UK Government announced a £5m fund to help mothers return to work after a career break. This could be a fantastic opportunity for UK Companies to access a talent pool that goes entirely overlooked for 90%* of jobs advertised. As Justine Roberts, Chief Executive of Mumsnet says, “Whether £5m will be enough to tackle the discrimination returning mothers face is moot, what’s crucial...
    • 25 Apr 2017
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    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...
    • 24 Apr 2017
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    Jobs: Forensic and expert witness subject matter expert

    ICAEW is looking for a specialist who would be interested in programming the events and newsletter content for our Forensic & Expert Witness Special Interest Group. The role is project based and is likely to take between 3 to 10 days a year (depending on the number of articles that the candidate wishes to write themselves or to commission from third parties). Aside from attending Committee meetings three times a...
    • 10 Apr 2017
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    The Rise of Returnships

    In 2008 the late Brenda Barnes, former Chief Exec at Sara Lee, publicised her view that middle-aged women returning after a break made particularly good employees, because they bring a fresh perspective and reflect more diverse clients and customers. And so the idea of ‘Returnships’ was introduced – trademarked by Goldman Sachs that same year and brought to Britain in 2014 by fellow investment banks...
    • 4 Apr 2017
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    Jobs: Deloitte Return to Work Programme

    Deloitte has launched its Return to Work Programme for a third successive year. The programme open to all, but geared towards women is accepting applications from anyone who has taken a voluntary career break of two or more years and has five or more years relevant experience within professional services or industry. The programme has a variety of roles advertised for the programme within all of its service lines (Audit...
    • 3 Apr 2017
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    Salary negotiation tips for returners

    iRelaunch runs a range of podcasts on very practical topics to help returners get back to work. Ensure you're getting what you're worth. Salary negotiation expert, Katie Donovan of Equal Pay Negotiations LLC, shares tips with iRelaunch CEO Carol Fishman Cohen. Katie is a founding member of the MA Equal Pay Coalition and a co-president of the Massachusetts branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW...
    • 29 Mar 2017
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    How to fill in the gaps in your CV

    Returning to work after a career break can seem scary at first. One of the questions almost all the mums I coach have asked me is what to do about the gaps in their CV. So if the thought of putting pen to paper to update your CV seems overwhelming - don’t despair! Here are my top tips on how to fill those gaps and create an impactful CV that will help you land your perfect role. Keep it relevant The key to creating...
    • 27 Mar 2017
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    Restarting Your Career

    By Edith Cooper, Global Head of Human Capital Management at Goldman Sachs Of all the recruiting programs we run and people priorities we drive at Goldman Sachs, one that I’m most proud of is our Returnship® Program. For those who temporarily leave the workforce – whether to raise children, care for a relative, or for other personal reasons – it can sometimes be daunting when you try to restart...
    • 20 Mar 2017
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    Jobs: Return to work programme with Morgan Stanley

    Returning to work after an extended career break can be a daunting prospect. As part of Morgan Stanley’s on going efforts to support experienced professionals throughout the various stages of their careers, the Firm is running the Return To Work Programme London. This programme is a paid 12-week internship for professionals who have taken a career break and are looking to re-enter the workforce on a permanent basis...
    • 20 Mar 2017
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    Events: Dates to diarise

    We have a full programme of events in place to support your return to work. Where possible we will publish relevant resources from these events onto the website under Career Break and Getting Back to Work We are also hoping to run the Comeback Community events in locations outside London this year and we are introducing several webinars (full details will be published in due course). Please do let us know if there...
    • 6 Mar 2017
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    Opinion: If employers REALLY want more men to take SPL, here's how

    Jessica Chivers, Founder The Talent Keeper Specialist & Author "Mothers Work!" shares her insights into how companies can encourage fathers to make more use of Shared Parental Leave. What if employers invited expectant fathers to tell them they are expecting a baby? How might this affect the take-up of Shared Parental Leave? “They’re just hasn’t been the take-up we thought there would...
    • 3 Mar 2017
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    Jobs: Vodafone is launching what it says is the world’s largest programme to recruit women who have taken a career break

    The telecoms company aims to hire 1,000 people worldwide over three years — half in frontline roles, such as call centres and shops, and the other half in managerial positions. It hopes to tap a deep pool of skilled workers who are trying to return to a job after up to a decade out of the workplace. Vodafone’s ReConnect programme is the latest in a number of initiatives aimed at encouraging workers to resume...
    • 3 Mar 2017
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    Jobs: Accounts Manager Southampton, Hampshire

    Full Time or Part Time Role (4 days a week) for a qualified accountant (ACCA or ICAEW) with general practice experience to become our Accounts Department Manager in a growing Southampton accountancy firm with an audit company.
    • 27 Feb 2017
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    Antidote to Workplace Ageism: Subject Matter Expertise

    Are you returning to the workforce after years away or making a mid- to late-career transition ? Then I’m guessing ageism is a big concern. Of all the tools available to beat ageism, there is none more powerful than subject matter expertise. I consider it the antidote to ageism. When you’re a subject matter expert, your expertise is the focus, not your age . So, how do you get up to speed and show your expertise...
    • 24 Feb 2017
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    Employers spot the chance to lure back talented former executives

    At 51, Cathy McDonnell wanted to put her Oxford physics degree and former experience crunching data at Qinetiq to better use. She had worked part-time in a school for several years while her three children were young, but she wanted to get back into the corporate world.Several applications later, all for jobs in her former field of defence, she was getting nowhere. Then a friend told her about “returnships”...