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Women Returners - Helping Professionals Return to Work After a Career Break

Updated: Feb 13, 2023

Have you been on a career break? Did you know that there is an organisation dedicated to helping professionals return to work?

Woman Returners was founded in 2014 to help normalise extended career breaks, whether for childcare, eldercare, relocation, or anything else. They are a purpose-led consulting, coaching and network organisation, and their management and coaching teams work with the returner community both before, and after their return to work.

Who can they help?

Women Returners was established to help experienced professionals return to work when their confidence is low. Returning to work after a career break can be daunting. If you are feeling low in confidence or are unsure about which way to go and how to get there, then Women Returners can help!

As well as the returner, they also provide specialist consultancy and coaching globally to employers looking to recruit professionals returning to employment after a career break.

In fact, they run the largest European network of returning professionals!

How much does it cost?

There are several FREE services that Women Returners provide for people looking to return to work. They have a free podcast which you can listen to on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify. Be inspired by podcast’s of interviews with professionals who have returned to work after taking a long career break.

You can also sign up to their network for free whereby you will receive emails about new programmes and opportunities, get access to their monthly support webinars and receive your free return to work route mapper. They also have lots of blogs (Back to Your Future Blog) on their website, which are available for free.

One-to-one coaching support

Women Returners offer four one-to-one returning to work coaching support programs which come with an associated fee. These services are: - Return to work coaching - Creating a strong CV and LinkedIn profile - Returner Programme Applications - Preparing for Interviews If you are interested in any of these, please contact for a consultation call. Please also see Coaching Support - Women Returners to find out more about the cost per service.

For the employer

Women Returners also work with employers throughout various sectors to access, support and retain returning professionals. There is a free returner employee network that your company can sign up to. They work with loads of well-known companies, such as Allianz, Amazon, Asos, BBC, ITV, Next, O2 and Sky, to name a few. By signing up as an employer, you have access to a diverse and highly qualified talent pool of people looking to get back to work after taking time off.

Interested in becoming a mentor?

There is a fund currently running called The Woman Returners Programme, which is funded by the Scottish Government. Women Returners are therefore looking for experienced UK Professionals (of any gender) who are willing to give a few hours of their time to provide support and advice to Scottish women professionals looking to get back to work. If you have at least 10 years of professional experience, currently employed in a professional role/recently returned, UK- based and willing to share your own experiences, then sign up! You don’t need to have previous mentoring experience or qualifications as Women Returners will provide the necessary training that you need. The fund is ongoing and will end March 2023. For further information please visit Sign up as a Return to Work Mentor - Women Returners.

Women Returners is an invaluable service that is devoted to easing the process of returning to work after a career break. For further information and contact details, visit their website today.

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