149 episodes

iRelaunch is all about getting professionals back to work after a career break - most often childcare, but also eldercare, pursuing a personal interest, a personal health issue, extended travel, or other reasons. We also think about how other non-traditional professionals – expats repatriating, retirees “unretiring, military spouses and veterans, fit into the relauncher demographic.

iRelaunch works with employers to create, implement and expand career re-entry programs of all kinds, and we produce the largest and longest-running dedicated career re-entry event in the country - the iRelaunch Return to Work Conference. Our fast-growing national community is made up of thousands of relaunchers in all stages of returning to work. iRelaunch Chair and Co-founder Carol Fishman Cohen's TED talk “How to get back to work after a career break” has viewed more than 2.5 million times and translated into 29 languages. Join us for our award-winning podcast featuring advice, strategies and success stories on returning to work after a career break.

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    • 4.7, 62 Ratings

iRelaunch is all about getting professionals back to work after a career break - most often childcare, but also eldercare, pursuing a personal interest, a personal health issue, extended travel, or other reasons. We also think about how other non-traditional professionals – expats repatriating, retirees “unretiring, military spouses and veterans, fit into the relauncher demographic.

iRelaunch works with employers to create, implement and expand career re-entry programs of all kinds, and we produce the largest and longest-running dedicated career re-entry event in the country - the iRelaunch Return to Work Conference. Our fast-growing national community is made up of thousands of relaunchers in all stages of returning to work. iRelaunch Chair and Co-founder Carol Fishman Cohen's TED talk “How to get back to work after a career break” has viewed more than 2.5 million times and translated into 29 languages. Join us for our award-winning podcast featuring advice, strategies and success stories on returning to work after a career break.

    EP 149: "Relaunching and Industry Switching After an 8 Year Career Break" - with Salli Cobb

    EP 149: "Relaunching and Industry Switching After an 8 Year Career Break" - with Salli Cobb

    Salli Cobb is now a Product Manager for a major HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) manufacturer. A mechanical engineer, Salli left her plant engineer role at a coal and natural-gas fired power plant to move with her family when her husband got an overseas assignment. After an eight year career break and a lot of job searching, she initially relaunched in an engineering role in a brand new field for her - HVAC. After 4.5 years, she remained in the HVAC industry and switched to the role she has today. Salli talks with Carol about specific steps she took to relaunch successfully, and the importance of perseverance in getting both her first relaunch job and her second, to which she applied THREE TIMES. Listen to find out how she met the person who was key to connecting her with her first relaunch opportunity - someone she barely knew - and how she ended up in her current role without ever actually applying for it.

    • 35 min
    EP 148: Relaunching at the State of California: Persistence Pays Off - with Letitia Shen

    EP 148: Relaunching at the State of California: Persistence Pays Off - with Letitia Shen

    Letitia Shen is a Hazardous Substances Engineer at the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, a role she got after a career break of over 20 years. She has been an active member of our largest private Facebook group, the iRelaunch Return to Work Forum. Letitia tells us how to navigate a state employment process, and the wide range of opportunities within state environmental agencies – including related to cannabis production, food safety, enforcement, schools, and others in addition to hazardous waste. She also discusses the resilience involved in engaging in more than 30 interviews, how she met the person who was most helpful to her job search (spoiler – it had to do with a church event), and how she was rejected for the job she has now.

    • 33 min
    EP 147: Physicians Relaunching in Non-Clinical Medicine with Kim Winsey Stevenson

    EP 147: Physicians Relaunching in Non-Clinical Medicine with Kim Winsey Stevenson

    Dr. Winsey Stevenson talks with Carol about her initial relaunch as an on-site physician advisor following an extended career break after leaving her clinical general surgery practice, and her subsequent move to medical director at an insurance company. Kim will talk about what it was like to re-take and pass her medical boards, how she made the decision to return to non-clinical medicine and why non-clinical medicine is such a good option for physician relaunchers, especially after long career breaks. We will also find out exactly what she does in her medical director role.

    • 34 min
    EP 146: "How to Brag about Yourself without Sounding Obnoxious and other Advice" with Selena Rezvani

    EP 146: "How to Brag about Yourself without Sounding Obnoxious and other Advice" with Selena Rezvani

    When Carol asks for Selena Rezvani’s best advice on how to “be a fierce self-advocate” as Selena says, and how to reach out to people to help in a job search without coming across as opportunistic, Selena explains this is all about demonstrating executive presence! Selena is a popular Leadership Speaker and Inclusion Consultant as well as a LinkedIn Learning Instructor. Her book “Pushback” addresses how self-advocacy is critical for professional success. Selena hosts a weekly show on LinkedIn Live, an invite-only platform, all about ways to elevate women at work. Tune in for a dynamic conversation.

    • 34 min
    EP 145: Special 4th of July Compilation Episode

    EP 145: Special 4th of July Compilation Episode

    Combining the "Best Piece of Advice" from 13 episodes of "3, 2, 1, iRelaunch," you'll hear from guests including Randi Childs who returned as a creative; seasoned recruiter Donnie Watson on relaunching; Corporate Council for TheRealReal, Liz Logie; Theresa Harris who relaunched in the arts; Chris Rudnicki on maintaining mental health during your relaunch, and many more. Be sure to listen to the full podcast content from each of these special guests in previous episodes.

    • 35 min
    EP 144: How Mentoring Can Help Your Relaunch, and Beyond – with Lisa Fain

    EP 144: How Mentoring Can Help Your Relaunch, and Beyond – with Lisa Fain

    Lisa Fain is the CEO at the Center for Mentoring Excellence. She speaks with Carol all about mentoring and the role mentoring and being mentored can have in a relaunch, and once back to work. They discuss the “growth mindset” and the idea of “becoming” vs the “fixed mindset," why you don’t have to “have all the answers” to be an effective mentor, and how the best mentoring relationships are enabling instead of dependent. Fun fact: Lisa Fain’s mother, Lois Zachary, the founder of the Center for Mentoring Excellence is a relauncher! When Lisa was in middle school, her mother went back to school for a PhD and founded the Center subsequently.

    Center for Mentoring Excellence

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
62 Ratings

62 Ratings

Unstuckable ,

Boost your confidence to reboot your career!

If you’ve been taking a break from your career and you’re thinking about getting back out there, but not quite sure what you want to do . . . start listening to Carol’s podcast! She provides super pragmatic advice and her guests share so many different paths you might not have considered before! You’ll definitely feel hopeful and motivated after listening!

Neha Mehta Khanna ,

Love it! More diversity please!

Lovd this podcast! Such helpful, authentic, actionable advice for relaunchers on a variety of topics! More diversity amongst the guests being interviewed please.

relauncher Anne ,

Excellent advice!

This podcast is fantastic for anyone looking to reenter the workforce or change careers. Very practical advice from people who have walked the journey! Every episode is worthwhile. Thank you iRelaunch!!

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