Top Tips from BRUIN’s own Returners:
Deciding on the right time to return: It can be tempting to keep delaying and waiting for the ‘perfect time’ to go back to work, but life is rarely black and white. The circumstances that prompted the career break in the first place might not have felt like they happened at the ‘right’ time either. I would advise anyone considering returning to work to think about it carefully, and when it feels about 80% right to go for it.
Be willing to invest in yourself: For some roles, you might find that technology, regulations or responsibilities have changed whilst you’ve been away. The best advice here is to embrace these evolutions and renew any lapsed professional memberships, explore options for CPD training or similar through your chosen professional body, and attend relevant industry events. Not only will this ensure that you’re up to date, but also demonstrates to employers that you’re committed to continuing your career.
Figure out the right working pattern for you: Flexible working doesn’t just mean part-time work; it can be so much more than that, so try to think outside of the box. For example:
- Compressed hours so five days in four
- Delayed start or finish to allow for family commitments
- Project working only so you work full-time for a project and then take time off in lieu
- Working from home
- Job shares
Don’t be afraid to bring up the F word – flexible working is as good for businesses as it is for employees – but if you don’t ask you don’t get!
Don’t undersell yourself: Don’t automatically assume that returning to work after a career break means compromising on salary or level. Your skills and experience haven’t lost their value, but if you have been off work for a significant amount of time, you may underestimate what you can offer an employer. Part of your job search should be an honest self-assessment and a review of your strengths and weaknesses – use this process to update your CV and identify your own unique selling points.
Be clear about your career goals: Start with clarifying your motivations to go back to work – what does success mean to you? Returning to work after a career break is a great opportunity to consider what you really want to do, so take some time to think about what makes work enjoyable and fulfilling for you. What did you most enjoy about your previous roles? This might also be a golden opportunity to transfer your existing skills into a new field and try something different.
Returning to Financial Services
BRUIN is involved in a number of initiatives focusing on Women Returners, including representation on the Returners Steering Committee of The Diversity Project, and their #Restart campaign. For more information please contact one of our Leadership Team.
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