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    • 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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    Job: 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...
    • 8 Mar 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...
    • 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”...
    • 23 Feb 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...
    • 20 Feb 2017
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    Returnship opportunity: Enfield Council

    Enfield Council is inviting applications from professional men and women who have taken a career break of two years or more. The opportunities are based in London, with roles for Lawyers, Accountants, IT, Planners, Policy & Strategy Development, Surveyors and Project/Programme Managers. The paid programme runs for 6 months from early May 2017 with the aim of joining on a permanent basis thereafter. The application...
    • 20 Feb 2017
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    The power of vulnerability

    Regaining your career confidence is a key step to returning to work. This excellent TED Talk from Dr Brené Brown speaks to vulnerability and how you can control your inner critic to shine the light on your skills and build your confidence. How do we learn to embrace our vulnerabilities and imperfections so that we can engage in our lives from a place of authenticity and worthiness? How do we cultivate the courage...
    • 20 Feb 2017
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    Returning to work after having children? Share your stories

    Have you faced unconscious bias, taken a pay cut or a lower-skilled job? The Guardian wants to hear from you Returning to work after taking a break to look after children can be daunting. There are worries about the cost of childcare, explaining a CV gap or having redundant skills – all of which are common reasons why mothers decide not return to work, according to a new report from a cross-party...
    • 13 Feb 2017
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    6 Key Tips to Kick Off Your 2017 Relaunch

    By Carol Fishman Cohen (iRelaunch.com) It's 2017! Maybe you are considering taking a career break. Or perhaps you are on career break and this is your time to return to work. Follow these great tips to be best positioned for returning to work after your career break, or to start the relaunching process with a giant leap forward. 1) DOCUMENT If you are anticipating a relaunch, document your career successes...
    • 9 Feb 2017
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    Jobs: Return-to-work opportunities

    ICAEWjobs.com has set up a page dedicated to highlighting returnship and employment opportunities that are suitable for members returning to work who are looking for flexible and part-time roles.
    • 6 Feb 2017
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    The forgotten army

    Another excellent article from this weekend's Sunday Times on why the big firms want career breakers to join their ranks.
    • 26 Jan 2017
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    Job Opportunity: Financial Conduct Authority

    The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) are looking to hire a permanent, London-based, Finance Specialist. They welcome applications from finance professionals who have taken an extended career break. Successful hires will receive coaching support through the transition period from Women Returners. Salary is dependent upon experience and ranges from £55,000-£95,000. The role has the potential to be offered...
    • 26 Jan 2017
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    Job opportunity: Aberdeen Asset Management

    Aberdeen Asset Management is launching the Aberdeen Returners Programme for experienced professionals who have taken a voluntary career break of two years or more. Roles are available in London, Edinburgh and Aberdeen and will be on a permanent basis from day one, starting 3 April 2017. A support programme will be provided through the transition back to work. The application closing date is 24 February 2017. The programme...
    • 18 Jan 2017
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    Women Returners Conference November 2016 - Highlights

    ICAEW is very proud to have been a sponsor at last year's inaugural Women Returners Conference. The Conference, which took place on 14 November 2016, was sold out with 175 attendees. Guests got to hear from employers and women who have successfully returned to work and they had an opportunity to find out more about formal returnship opportunities available to career breakers. This video shares some highlights from...
    • 16 Jan 2017
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    Five Myths About Landing a Good Job Later in Life -The conventional wisdom says it’s impossible. The facts say otherwise.

    By Anne Tergesen There’s a stereotypical view of job opportunities for older workers, and it’s not pretty. It goes something like this. If you’re past 50 and thinking of a career switch, forget it. The opportunities for older workers in the new economy are pretty much nonexistent. And you’re in even worse shape if you’re in your 50s or 60s and retired but want to get back into the workforce...
    • 5 Jan 2017
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    Support: free support for career breakers from ICAEW Special Interest Groups

    Did you know that if you are on a career break you are eligible for free membership of three Special Interest Groups of your choice? The SIGs offer a great way to enhance your sector knowledge, gain access to news and updates through regular newsletters and free webinars, and develop your network at sector-specific events. Whether you're interested in healthcare, valuation or corporate governance, there is a Group...
    • 3 Jan 2017
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    Job: 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...
    • 14 Dec 2016
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    Job: (Greater London) Part time accountant

    Flexible role for a part time accountant in a small firm in Greater London http://www. icaewjobs.com/job/1597111/pa rt-time-accountant/ …