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Could A ‘Returnship’ Be The Answer To The Gap On Your CV?

People take career breaks for all different types of reasons, from dealing with mental health issues or medical problems to taking time out to care for someone in their family. Hitting pause on the climb up the career ladder is something that happens a lot, and the reason why is totally the business of the person involved.
The problem lies in the trouble that person might experience getting back into work after being out for so long, be it down to a lack of confidence, worrying about explaining the gap on their CV or a missing skill set that they feel they should have learned.

“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.
So how do they work? Well, it depends on the company and how its returnship scheme works. Many run for six months, with a view to the participant applying for a job at the company upon completion. Returnships are, of course, paid and usually run with an open approach to flexible or reduced working hours to help the participant, who may still be dealing with childcare, doctor’s appointments or mental health worries.

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 SiemensAmazonCapgeminiJ.P. Morgan and Deloitte.

“I wanted to go back to work because I was missing something”

You can read the full article over at Refinery29 UK.

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