156 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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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 156: Relaunching as a Human Resources Professional After 18 Years Away, with Ellie St. John

    EP 156: Relaunching as a Human Resources Professional After 18 Years Away, with Ellie St. John

    Ellie St. John is a Human Resources professional who relaunched her career after a nearly 18 year career break. Ellie wrote to us a few months ago about how much Back on the Career Track, the “Bible of career reentry” co-authored by Carol Fishman Cohen and Vivian Steir Rabin, was helpful to her: “Three years ago, I was finally in a place in which I could focus once again on my career, and I picked up your book. Since I read it, I have:
    · Relaunched my corporate career
    · Received a promotion
    · Moved to a higher paying position at a different company
    · Earned three professional certifications (aPHR, CSM and SHRM-CP)
    · Started a Master’s degree and will graduate in December with my MHRM”
    We were thrilled to hear from Ellie and knew we couldn’t wait to get her details on how she accomplished all that has been part of her relaunch. We also discuss the definition of “success,” our feelings about lost career progress during the career break compared to working peers, and what it means to be a “relaunch success story.”

    • 38 min
    EP 155: Relaunching a Social Work Career After a 25 Year Career Break - with Mimi Kahn

    EP 155: Relaunching a Social Work Career After a 25 Year Career Break - with Mimi Kahn

    This episode is the first in our mini-series on relaunch success after extra-long career breaks. Mimi Kahn, a bilingual, licensed social worker, relaunched at the Families Forward social services organization in Orange County, CA after a 25 year career break – one of the longest we have on record! Mimi, a mother of four, tells us how she almost didn’t finish getting her social work license before her career break, how she kept it up during her many years out of the field, and the person who had the biggest impact on her decision to relaunch. We do a little of the interview in Spanish too! (plus we translate)

    • 37 min
    Ep 154: Best Piece of Advice for Relaunchers Special Compilation Episode

    Ep 154: Best Piece of Advice for Relaunchers Special Compilation Episode

    Combining the "Best Piece of Advice" from 11 episodes of "3, 2, 1, iRelaunch," you'll hear from guests including our very own Shannon Amspacher whose podcast was on what the next generation of career breaks look like, Kerry Schrader on her Mixtroz entrepreneurial venture after a 25 year career in HR, Mike Montague on sales training, Chris Donovan on his journey from telephone repairman to luxury shoe designer, Laura Persky on the career switch into academia, Leah Vickers Marincovich on relaunching in media sales, Stewart Friedman on parenting and relaunching, Lisa Damour on managing families at home during Covid, Judaline Cassidy on relaunching in the trades, Wendy Durica on relaunching in software development, and Mary Beth Barrett-Newman on job searching during Covid. Be sure to listen to the full podcast content from each of these special guests in previous episodes.

    • 28 min
    EP 153: From Adjunct Instructor to Top-Rated Tenured Professor - with Susan Samuelson

    EP 153: From Adjunct Instructor to Top-Rated Tenured Professor - with Susan Samuelson

    Following her graduation from law school in 1977, Susan Samuelson went immediately into big firm law where she was progressing well. After having two children however, the relentless schedule of corporate law transactions combined with the demands of family life forced a reckoning for this high achiever. She left the firm, having no idea what was to come next. Hear how a chance encounter nearly 40 years ago sparked a years-long journey into the teaching side of academia – first by teaching courses as an adjunct instructor and later becoming a top-rated, tenured professor at Boston University. Also learn how Professor Samuelson grew the BU business law department by hiring more relaunching lawyers to join her.

    • 32 min
    EP 152: Taking the Mystery Out of Recruiting Video Introductions & Interviews – with Cynthia Siemens

    EP 152: Taking the Mystery Out of Recruiting Video Introductions & Interviews – with Cynthia Siemens

    Are you wondering about those video introductions and interviews that are becoming a more regular part of the recruiting process? Cynthia Siemens, Communications Director for HireVue, a leader in video interviewing and AI-driven video and game-based assessments breaks it down for us. Not only is Cynthia an expert on this topic, but she is also a relauncher. Cynthia talks about HireVue’s new video rehearsal practice tool, and the range of ways employers are using video interviews in their recruiting efforts. Video interviewing has exploded in recent years and is becoming the cornerstone of recruiting processes, especially in the age of Covid. Learn more about video interviews before you have one yourself, from someone who truly understands the relauncher perspective.

    • 34 min
    EP 151: How to Be Flexible and Fearless When Your Company Pivots During Covid - with Sarah Mills

    EP 151: How to Be Flexible and Fearless When Your Company Pivots During Covid - with Sarah Mills

    Sarah Mills is Senior Director of Events for iRelaunch, which means she manages all iRelaunch conferences and events. She is a relauncher who took an 8 year career break but has now been back in the workforce for 10 years. Sarah had to embrace uncertainty and fearlessness when iRelaunch pivoted hard and changed its three in-person 2020 iRelaunch Return to Work Conferences to two virtual conferences. On relatively short notice, Sarah had to evaluate and recommend the best virtual conference platform, and then dive in and learn the technical platform for the virtual event well enough to train our employer representatives on how to set up on it. Sarah would not describe herself as a “techy” person, yet she embraced the need to change and figured it out. We discuss what it takes to be flexible and fearless at a time when we had to flex and pivot in our corporate conference and events business due to Covid, and Sarah’s key role in that effort.

    Note: Our 2020 virtual Return to Work Conferences will be held October 1-2 and November 19-20. For more information and to register, go to iRelaunch.com and click on "Conferences" or go to subscribe.irelaunch.com/conference-oct-nov.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
64 Ratings

64 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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