11 episodes

Is it possible to return to a fulfilling, challenging, successful career after a long career break? After listening to these stories we want your answer to be a resounding yes!

On our Career Returners podcast, you’ll hear from a diverse range of people who are successfully back at work after taking long career breaks for childcare, eldercare, health or other reasons. They’re sharing the ups-and-downs of their return-to-work journeys – the challenges, the rewards and the learnings. After each story, we’ll chat over some of the key themes that emerged and share some of our top return to work tips.

The Career Returners podcast is brought to you by Women Returners, the return to work specialists. We work with employers and career returners to enable professionals to return to satisfying and fulfilling work after career breaks of 2, 5 or 15+ years. Over the years we’ve coached hundreds of career returners, and we’re excited now to share some of their inspirational stories with you.

After listening to this episode, do head along to womenreturners.com where you’ll find lots of advice, over 100 success stories, and a range of return to work opportunities for people on career break wanting to get back to work. While you're there, do sign up to our free Network and also our Facebook group for extra support and connection.

Website: https://womenreturners.com/
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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/women-returners/
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Career Returners Women Returners

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 16 Ratings

Is it possible to return to a fulfilling, challenging, successful career after a long career break? After listening to these stories we want your answer to be a resounding yes!

On our Career Returners podcast, you’ll hear from a diverse range of people who are successfully back at work after taking long career breaks for childcare, eldercare, health or other reasons. They’re sharing the ups-and-downs of their return-to-work journeys – the challenges, the rewards and the learnings. After each story, we’ll chat over some of the key themes that emerged and share some of our top return to work tips.

The Career Returners podcast is brought to you by Women Returners, the return to work specialists. We work with employers and career returners to enable professionals to return to satisfying and fulfilling work after career breaks of 2, 5 or 15+ years. Over the years we’ve coached hundreds of career returners, and we’re excited now to share some of their inspirational stories with you.

After listening to this episode, do head along to womenreturners.com where you’ll find lots of advice, over 100 success stories, and a range of return to work opportunities for people on career break wanting to get back to work. While you're there, do sign up to our free Network and also our Facebook group for extra support and connection.

Website: https://womenreturners.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WRPNetwork/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/women-returners/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/womenreturners

    "Have faith in yourself", with Women Returners coaches Anna & Karen

    "Have faith in yourself", with Women Returners coaches Anna & Karen

    “Have faith in yourself – remember your professional skills and strengths are still there, and your time on your career break will have added a wide range of transferable skills that will be enormously valued when you return to work.”
    In this final episode of the series, Anna and Karen reflect on the inspirational stories they’ve heard over the series and weave together the main themes of the Return to Work journey, from when you first start thinking about returning to work, to how you might map your path back, the areas to consider whilst actively looking for work and how to navigate the early days once you’re back. An episode packed full of advice, tips and reflections to help you on your return-to-work journey.
    “Be proactive and positive …take action and create your own networks, conversations and opportunities and try to stay optimistic that things will work out ok in the end.”
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    For advice, support, opportunities, and connection, see our Women Returners website: https://bit.ly/3eAhKQH (https://bit.ly/3eAhKQH)

    • 27 min
    "Fear is totally normal" with Adriana Ennab

    "Fear is totally normal" with Adriana Ennab

    Adriana Ennab enjoyed a varied and successful career in investment banking, working in New York, London and Tokyo in her early career. She took a 16 year career break from banking during which time she not only brought up her 3 children but also seized the opportunity to set up her own businesses, enjoy higher education again as well as explore other interests such as the arts, yoga and drumming!
    But after 16 years away from investment banking, Adriana began to miss her old professional career and looked for ways to return. She found her route back in via Credit Suisse’s Returner programme ‘Real Returns’, and encouraged to explore different opportunities during the programme, she moved into a new area in public policy. Six years later, Adriana’s career has continued to flourish and she is now Director of Public Policy with a strong advocacy focus on Digital and Innovation areas. “Understand it is never a straight path. And the best outcomes that I've had is because I did not say this is how I wanted to be”.
    Hear Adriana’s inspiring story and how as a strong believer in championing other women, she also mentors other women returners joining Credit Suisse, and helps them to navigate their own return to work.
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    • 35 min
    "Take that leap of faith and jump back in" with Georgia Williams

    "Take that leap of faith and jump back in" with Georgia Williams

    Chief Inspector Georgia Williams joined the Met Police in 1997, and enjoyed a hugely fulfilling career, where she felt like she was really making a difference. She was promoted twice, to Sergeant and then Inspector, before she took a career break in 2011 after the birth of her first child.
    During a 5-year career break, Georgia had a second child and also took on a local job as a School Chaplain, a flexible role she really enjoyed where she could use her transferable skills from policing. Thinking this would be her new path going forwards, she was surprised to receive a call from the Superintendent, inviting her to come to an open day to hear about a Met Police ‘Return to Policing’ programme which ran in 2020. She went along out of interest, and as she stepped into Scotland Yard, describes feeling as if she had ‘come home’.
    “I feel really fulfilled in the role that I'm doing …. I'm proud of my job. I'm proud to put that uniform on ... the first time I put it back on after I came back, I bristled with pride.”
    Hear how Georgia found her way back to her career and, just 15 months later, was delighted to be promoted to Chief Inspector.
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    For advice, support, opportunities, and connection, see our Women Returners website: https://bit.ly/3eAhKQH (https://bit.ly/3eAhKQH)

    • 36 min
    "Your core skills will never go away from you" with Bhavna Mithani

    "Your core skills will never go away from you" with Bhavna Mithani

    Trained as a civil engineer, Bhavna started her career in India as an IT developer and network engineer. She came to the UK in 2003 with her husband and after the birth of her daughter, took a career break to spend more time with her. But as time passed, Bhavna needed to get back to work for financial reasons, and so, whilst her daughter was young, she looked for a different type of role that would give her more flexibility and retrained as a teacher.
    However, as the years passed, Bhavna missed her career in IT and spurred on by her daughter to look for the work that she loved, she searched for opportunities to return. Racked with doubt as to whether she would be able to catch up with all the developments in the sector during her time out, Bhavna enrolled on some free online courses and read widely to try and boost her confidence and update herself.
    After 9 years out of IT, the opportunity came in the form of Next’s Back to IT programme, and 15 months later, Bhavna’s been promoted to a QA Analyst and is flourishing in her role.
    “The core skills will never go away from you. So keep on, be positive. Don't wait for the perfect job ….get your foot into the door and then you can look around once you’re inside”
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    For advice, support, opportunities, and connection, see our Women Returners website: https://bit.ly/3eAhKQH (https://bit.ly/3eAhKQH)

    • 31 min
    "The confidence will come back": with Tzany Kokalova Wheldon

    "The confidence will come back": with Tzany Kokalova Wheldon

    Dr Tzany Kokalova Wheldon enjoyed an impressive early career in academia, gaining a doctorate in Natural Sciences and working in nuclear physics in Germany. Following the tragic loss of her unborn son at 5 months, a harrowing experience that Tzany describes as shaping her life going forwards, she decided to take an extended career break after the birth of her twin boys a few years later, so that she could dedicate time to being with them during their early years.
    When her boys were 3, she decided the time was right to return to her career but found that the gap in her CV meant that she kept getting pipped at the post at the final round. Her bridge back came in the form of the Daphne Jackson Fellowship, a 2 year part time programme supporting researchers to return to work after a career break for family, caring or health reasons.
    Today, Tzany is a Reader in Nuclear Physics and works as Director of the Positron Imaging Centre at the University of Birmingham. In 2020, she won a Timewise Power Returner Award, celebrating her ability to combine career success at a senior level whilst working flexibly. “The biggest thing is to show that even after a three and a half year career break, you can go back to lead, lead the field, and do research like the colleagues around you”
    Hear how Tzany found her way back to her career as a nuclear physicist, balancing time to be with her precious boys with leading once again in her field, as well as helping other women return to their careers in science.
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    For advice, support, opportunities, and connection, see our Women Returners website: https://bit.ly/3eAhKQH (https://bit.ly/3eAhKQH)

    • 40 min
    "Just take one step at a time" with Laura Murphy

    "Just take one step at a time" with Laura Murphy

    Laura Murphy is an experienced programme manager in the tech sector, with a background in management consultancy at Accenture. She loved the variety, intensity and challenge of management consultancy but after the birth of her first child, took a career break to enjoy life at home with her new baby. What she initially thought might be a 2-year career break turned into 9 years, as her second child came along, and Laura took the time to support her daughter’s learning needs as well as settle her younger son into school.
    During her career break, Laura became involved in volunteering and charity work, which helped to rebuild her professional identity and give her valuable transferable skills for when she was ready to return to her professional career. In 2018, she joined Sky via their Returner Programme as Group Strategy Manager within their data technology and analytics team, then moved into a Programme Manager role, leading a large-scale business transformation. She credits her career break for helping her grow her resilience, patience, empathy and emotional intelligence, all strengths that have helped her to become ‘10 times’ the manager she was, and to empower and lead her new teams more effectively: “Parenthood is a huge part of that and why I'm successful in the job that I do today.” In 2020, Laura won a Timewise Power 50 2020 ‘Power Returner’ award, celebrating her achievement of working flexibly in a senior leadership role.
    Hear how Laura found her way back to work, built up her confidence to make that application to Sky and became a fulfilled working parent.
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    Follow for free on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/30rZZL6 (https://spoti.fi/30rZZL6)
    For advice, support, opportunities, and connection, see our Women Returners website: https://bit.ly/3eAhKQH (https://bit.ly/3eAhKQH)

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Dani Hen ,

Great podcast

These podcasts have been so inspiring and useful in equal measure. A must have tool for all people looking to return to work. Karen and Anna are great at enabling their guests to share their stories.

darrenandrachel ,

Inspirational return to work success stories

This series is a must for anyone thinking about or actively working towards returning to work after an extended career break. The different returner stories are really interesting and insightful into the journey each person has gone through. Well done to Karen and Anna, they ask some really great questions and get each returner to really open up.

Vetsoh ,

Women returners

It’s an exciting podcast explored in an authentic and professional way.
I not only love listening to each individual as they all work in fascinating and varied fields but also the reflections Karen & Anna do at the end.
Discussing their guest’s career journey and exploring the valuable skills they developed from their career break - I find a great tool to assist in my own career journey

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