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    • 25 Jun 2017
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    Travelling on your career break – The Great Escape?

    Swap making money for making memories! When a vacation just isn’t enough … If you are on a career break now, or have ever taken one, you will know that they come in all shapes and sizes. They can be planned or unforeseen, long or short, at home or abroad. They may even include some paid work, either outside of your core career, or as a means to end, for example, working your way round the world. In my series...
    • 19 Jun 2017
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    JP Morgan employee sues firms '1950s' paternity leave policy

    Rianna Fulham Whilst society is transcending traditional gender roles, with childcare leaning towards a more flexible and shared caring model, workplaces aren’t moving in tandem with modern attitudes. Often, women are considered the primary caregiver, whilst fathers face a penalty for wanting to take a more active role when it comes to childcare or are subject to company policies, resembling ‘1950s’...
    • 18 Jun 2017
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    Personal development – be the change you want to see in the world

    Take the time to invest in your human capital, and keep your stock riding high. Taking time out gives you an ideal opportunity to take stock and do all those things companies do when they write a business plan – identify your values, assess your strengths and address your development points. Personal development encourages the individual to develop self awareness so that they can work on their talents and skills...
    • 11 Jun 2017
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    Returnships - Back to the Future?

    Here's week 6 of my LinkedIn blog - enjoy, and comment below if you have a returnship experience to share! Returning from a career break? Bring your career back to life with a returnship... This week I have been looking at the so-called “returnships” some companies are putting in place to help ca reer breakers to get back into the workplace after a leave of absence. The word returnship was coined...
    • 9 Jun 2017
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    The 4 most effective job searching tips that no one tells you

    By Kendell Brown Are you on a career break and thinking about going back to work? Or, maybe you’re contemplating changing your career field entirely. The job search process can be daunting, but following are four “secret” tips to help you get back to work with a job you love. Your resume and LinkedIn profile are only 20% of the job search equation. When it comes to job searching, it seems as...
    • 4 Jun 2017
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    Retirement – time to work at living, instead of living at work

    Here's week 5 of my LinkedIn blog - enjoy, and comment below if you have an inspiring retirement planning story to tell! Have you done your non-financial planning for the future? Maybe it’s just me, surrounded by “fiftysomething” friends and family, but retirement appears to be a hot topic these days. We are living longer, Brexit is bringing ex-pat pensioners back to the UK, and there is endless...
    • 31 May 2017
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    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 successful 2017 will look and feel like. Thanks to all who attended and got stuck in with enthusiasm and energy. In this series of blogs and in the events, I’m talking about...
    • 31 May 2017
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    School's out - but never for long

    Here's week 4 of my blog, and we are now all caught up! Weekly posts from now on at the weekend, here and on LinkedIn . If you are spending time learning on your career break, let me know what course you chose and why, and how it is going. Have you got the hang of lifelong learning yet? It can take a lifetime... #lifelonglearning Many of you have commented that the scary thing about a career break is what it might...
    • 28 May 2017
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    Portfolio careers – pick and mix

    Here's Week 3's blog - 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. Have you checked the grass on the other side of the fence yet? This week I have been looking at the so-called “portfolio career”. (I've also been checking out LinkedIn's tips on posting articles, so you should see...
    • 25 May 2017
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    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, please check out our recent blog which will help you to determine if this is the right route back in for you.... http://blog.womenreturners.com/2017/05/is-returnship-right...
    • 24 May 2017
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    Jobs: Virgin Media Flexible Returners' Scheme

    Get back in the game with Virgin Media If you’ve taken a couple of years out from your career, the idea of going back to work might be like Sunday night dread times a thousand! But if you’re ready to jump in again, Virgin Media has just the ticket. Their new 6-month returners’ scheme eases highly qualified people back into work after 2 or more years off – with clear paths to senior roles, a...
    • 24 May 2017
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    Flexible working - Mission Possible!

    Here's Week 2's blog - 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. You've checked your bank balance, now check your work/life balance... Flexible working - Mission Possible! Thanks for reading my last article, and for tuning in again this week, where my topic this time is flexible working. I am...
    • 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...