Could A ‘Returnship’ Be The Answer To The Gap On Your CV?
“There has beeen an increase in companies offering ‘returnship’ positions – job roles which are specifically designed to help people back into work after a career break..”
Unsurprisingly, women are the most likely to be affected by this. Due to childbirth and care, they are far more likely than men to take a career break – whether it’s for one or two years until their child is in school (thank you, extortionate costs of childcare!) or many years, until their child is grown up. Either way, the career break is yet another obstacle stacked against women trying to evolve their careers (and salaries) at the same rate as their male counterparts.
“A side hustle can be a great way to earn some money by doing something that you love.”
There are, however, a growing number of places working to combat this. Jobs and recruiting site Glassdoor has recently noted an increase in companies offering ‘returnship’ positions – job roles which are specifically designed to help people back into work after a career break. They’ve been around in the UK for about five years but right now, there are more on offer than ever.
At the moment, it does tend to be bigger corporate companies that offer these schemes. Sky’s programme, for instance, is open to anyone who has had a career break of two or more years for any reason. “Returners are placed on a project or in a team where their skills and experience will be highly valued and utilised,” says Simon Keates, recruitment manager for technology, group product and digital at the company. “They also participate in coaching workshops and benefit from focused training and mentoring to support their transition.” Other companies that offer returnship schemes include Siemens, Amazon, Capgemini, J.P. Morgan and Deloitte.