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Whether you are coming back from maternity leave or if you’ve taken a career break, returning to work can be a daunting process.

Recent statistics also make for disappointing reading. It was reported that one in 20 new mums will be “made redundant during pregnancy, while on maternity leave or shortly after returning to work.”

Maternity Action, a charity supporting pregnant women and new mothers, released the report, which urges the government to take action against pregnancy discrimination.

However, with the right mindset and skills, returning to work can be less stressful. Below you will find advice articles, returnship programmes and jobs to help you along the way.

Advice articles

working mum on maternity leave featuredA parent’s perspective on returning to work

The term “career path” is an interesting one.

Think of the last path you were on. Were you walking, strolling, or even ambling, perhaps? You were unlikely to be striding or sprinting. Not along a path, anyway.

For most of us in the creative industries, where I come from, careers don’t typically amble along. We do our best to push forward, elbows out, rising upwards as fast and furiously as we can. So that part is a little confusing.

returners featuredGovernment launches returner programmes to help get people back to work

The government has launched a number of career break returner programmes, to help get people back into work.

The new initiatives, launched by the Minister of State for Apprenticeships, Skills and Women, Anne Milton, are also hoping to boost skills, build professional networks and close the gender pay gap.

Mothers in the workplace - Woman in a cream cardigan holding her babyFive top tips for returning to work after having a baby

If the idea of returning to work and trying to juggle your career with children is a bit (or a lot!) daunting, take heart – there is a lot you can do to smooth the transition back to the working world, and to keep your sanity as a working parent.


Returning to work and returnships

We are proud to feature a number of returnship programmes from companies looking to encourage female returners back in to the workplace.

Whether you are a maternity returner or someone who has taken a career break, there are now a myriad of options, which will enable you to return to work.

These programmes include training, a chance to refresh skills and meet other women who are in similar positions.

You can see some of our open returnships below or click here for full details:

FDM-LogoGetting back to business | Returning to work after a career break

Are you looking to return to work after a career break of a year or more? Do you have five plus years business experience in areas such as project management, project support or business analysis? Join FDM as a Business Consultant through the FDM Getting Back to Business Career Programme.

Accenture Break|Through

Break|Through is a new internship programme, designed to ensure that experienced managers, seeking to return to work after a career break, are given the re-entry support and training they need to thrive. It offers five weeks of training, followed by five weeks of project work, at the end of which Accenture hope to see candidates re-emerge as technology professionals, ready to do great things at Accenture.

credit suisse new logo featured2018 Real Returns™ UK: Restart your career at Credit Suisse

For the fifth successive year, Credit Suisse is running the Real Returns program which is designed to re-engage experienced, talented professionals who have taken a voluntary career break and help facilitate their transition back into the workforce.

Real Returns is a paid employment program that will run for 16 weeks, starting on March 26, 2018 and finishing July 13, 2018.

Looking for a new job?

If you are looking for a change in direction in your career, WeAreTheCity Jobs could help you.

WeAreTheCity Jobs was created to encourage more talented women to pursue their career aspirations, and to connect job seekers with companies who are proactively recruiting women and supporting the development of more inclusive working environments.

Click here to discover jobs from companies such as EY, Worldpay, Thomson Reuters, BP, Bloomberg and Amazon.

About the author

Alison is the Digital Content Editor for WeAreTheCity. She has a BA Honours degree in Journalism and History from the University of Portsmouth. She has previously worked in the marketing sector and in a copywriting role. Alison’s other passions and hobbies include writing, blogging and travelling.

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