221 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 • 86 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 221: How Mentoring Can Help Your Relaunch, and Beyond – with Lisa Fain, rebroadcast

    EP 221: How Mentoring Can Help Your Relaunch, and Beyond – with Lisa Fain, rebroadcast

    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. Today is a rebroadcast of an earlier podcast in honor of January designated as National Mentoring Month.

    • 33 min
    EP 220: Relaunching as a Content Editor After Freelance Writing and Editing, with Elisabeth Galvin

    EP 220: Relaunching as a Content Editor After Freelance Writing and Editing, with Elisabeth Galvin

    Elisabeth Galvin is a content editor at Diversity Network, an organization committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and creating a better workplace for all. We met Elisabeth when she invited Carol Fishman Cohen to join her in a fireside chat session at Diversity Network’s Inclusion 2021 virtual conference. Elisabeth has worked as a journalist and author in the US, London, Australia and Hong Kong and took a nine-year career break during which time she was a freelance writer and editor. Elisabeth discusses how she got her freelance jobs and expanded her network so that she could write for a range of magazines and newspapers. She also talks about her recent relaunch, how she overcame some initial challenges during her transition, and the work she does at Diversity network. (Shoutout to Loralee Hamilton of Oracle at timestamp 17:04)

    • 30 min
    EP 219: “Best Piece of Advice for Relaunchers” Holiday 2021 Compilation Edition

    EP 219: “Best Piece of Advice for Relaunchers” Holiday 2021 Compilation Edition

    Hear the “Best Piece of Advice” from ten episodes of the 3,2,1 iRelaunch podcast series:

    Author Laura Zigman explains how to move forward through life’s most challenging time; Learn about angel investing and if it’s right for you with Nicole Cuellar-Lopez; Kathryn Troutman gives guidance on applying for jobs with the federal government; Dr. Ella Washington discusses how to have difficult and meaningful discussions with your team; LinkedIn Learning instructor Selena Rezvani explains how to have better executive presence; NY Times bestselling author Lindsey Pollak discusses navigating work in a virtual world; David Boehmer, founder of Banff Advisors, gives an insider’s view into executive search; Gabriella Bean and Sue Spillane rebounded from lengthy career breaks into high level engineering careers; Shannon Tymosko and Darci Spiteri as they explain their journey as women in the electrical trade; Parent educator Katherine Reynolds Lewis discusses how to involve your kids in your job search and relaunch transition.

    Be sure to listen to the full podcast from each of these special guests!

    • 29 min
    EP 218: General Motors Re-Imagines Its Take 2 Return to Work Program, with Sarah DeLadurantey

    EP 218: General Motors Re-Imagines Its Take 2 Return to Work Program, with Sarah DeLadurantey

    Sarah DeLadurantey supports General Motor’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as a Talent Strategist for DEI Workforce Design. She is the program manager for Take 2, GM’s career reentry program, and led its recent transformation from a returnship to a direct-hire model. Sarah discusses how the Take 2 program has evolved and provides helpful guidance on how to answer an often-asked pre-screening question about whether an applicant has taken a career break. She also shares what the application process looks like, what to expect during the interview process, and gives specific tips on how to prepare for interviews.

    Roles for the Take 2 program are currently closed, but are expected to re-open in the first quarter of 2022. Check GM's website at https://search-careers.gm.com/mentorshipandgrowth for updates on opportunities.

    • 28 min
    EP 217: The "Superboss" Defined, and Why You Want to Work for One, with Sydney Finkelstein

    EP 217: The "Superboss" Defined, and Why You Want to Work for One, with Sydney Finkelstein

    Sydney Finkelstein is the Steven Roth Professor of Management at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. He has published 25 books and 90 articles, including the bestsellers Why Smart Executives Fail and Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent. Syd also hosts his own podcast, The Sydcast, to share stories of people in business, sports, entertainment, politics, academia, and everyday life (Carol Fishman Cohen was a recent guest!). Syd defines what a superboss is, the unique traits of a superboss, why you want to work for one, and the specific questions to ask when interviewing to determine if your prospective boss is a superboss. He also shares his thoughts on the four characteristics of a great job and why these are so important for relaunchers.

    https://thesydcast.com/

    • 43 min
    EP 216: An HR Professional’s Nonlinear Job Search Leads to Her Dream Job, with Renee Rudczynski

    EP 216: An HR Professional’s Nonlinear Job Search Leads to Her Dream Job, with Renee Rudczynski

    Renee Rudczynski is a human resources professional who has worked in HR consulting and led HR teams within a variety of environments, including higher ed, finance, and startups. After a seven-year career break, she recently began an organizational development role. Renee discusses her non-linear job search and how networking helped her land her dream job at a tech startup. She also shares how her experiences at the iRelaunch Return to Work Conference and as a member of the iRelaunch Return to Work Facebook Forum helped with her relaunch and how she is now giving back.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
86 Ratings

86 Ratings

chlenihan ,

Encouraging, approachable and uplifting!

I love hearing the real life stories and how the relauncher opens up about how their personal experiences led them on their journey back to work, often in a non-traditional way! One of my favorites is (Ep. 214) Karolyn Diamond-Jones sharing her story of leveraging her prior experience to launch into a new role that she loves Thank you iRelaunch and all those sharing their journey!

ebrooksw76 ,

So relatable and inspiring!!

As a relauncher myself, these conversations are so relatable. I love how each episode is a personal talk with a relauncher who describes their unique journey back to work. I suggest that you have your pen and paper ready to take some good notes. You will be inspired!

An Interested Reluncher ,

Engaging and Informative

Whether it’s resume advice from a career coach, interview tips from a recruiter, or personal stories from relaunches, this podcast gives me such positive vibes for my own return-to-work success. Carol Fishman Cohen is such an engaging host who always asks the questions I’m most interested in. Thanks for every episode!!

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