Dulux have revealed their colour of the year for 2022, here’s how to use it in your home
Dulux have revealed their colour of the year for 2022, here’s how to use it...

Megan Burns

With unbroken sea views and an outdoor Jacuzzi, this architectural home in Kinsale is on the market for €2.35 million
With unbroken sea views and an outdoor Jacuzzi, this architectural home in Kinsale is on...

Lauren Heskin

Liane Moriarty has a new mystery book for your book club
Liane Moriarty has a new mystery book for your book club

Holly O'Neill

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle make Time 100 Most Influential People list
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle make Time 100 Most Influential People list

Holly O'Neill

Meet five Irish embroiderers doing amazing things with needle and thread
Meet five Irish embroiderers doing amazing things with needle and thread

Megan Burns

Saying you are a ‘stay-at-home-mum’ is the ultimate conversation stopper
Saying you are a ‘stay-at-home-mum’ is the ultimate conversation stopper

Amanda Cassidy

The Hygiene Bank’s Sorcha Killian on hygiene poverty and how it’s impacting Irish families every day
The Hygiene Bank’s Sorcha Killian on hygiene poverty and how it’s impacting Irish families every...

Shayna Sappington

Wildfire: ‘We knew we wanted to tell a story with fierce women at the heart of it’
Wildfire: ‘We knew we wanted to tell a story with fierce women at the heart...

Jennifer McShane

The initiatives fighting hygiene and period poverty in Ireland
The initiatives fighting hygiene and period poverty in Ireland

Holly O'Neill

‘This WAS my reality’: Liberty X singer Michelle Heaton shares depths of alcoholism struggle
‘This WAS my reality’: Liberty X singer Michelle Heaton shares depths of alcoholism struggle

Jennifer McShane

Image / Editorial

Do you want to return to work after a career break? Then read this


by Colette Sexton
16th Oct 2018
blank

Colette Sexton, news correspondent at The Sunday Business Post, on returning to work after a career break.


People take extended breaks from work for many reasons: illness, caring for a loved one, raising their kids, exploring the world. Whatever the reason for the time off, returning to the workforce can be an intimidating experience.

As companies are constantly on the lookout for good talent these days, many have started to run returner programmes. These help those who wish to return to work following a break to ease back into full-time work. A wide range of companies in Ireland have started to encourage returners to join them through these programmes, including pharma firm Randox, financial company Mastercard, and software company HubSpot.

A consumer survey that HubSpot conducted in 2017 found that a flexible work environment is the number one benefit professionals are looking for in employers today, beating out compensation for the first time ever. Declan Fitzgerald, global recruitment director at HubSpot, said the company now ensures its culture revolves around being flexible. This includes work-from-home and remote work policies, and flexible work schedules.

“We certainly understand that a career break is sometimes simply the right choice to make, and employees shouldn’t be at a disadvantage for making that choice later on.”

HubSpot now runs a returners programme, which includes paid placement of 20 weeks in its EMEA headquarters in Dublin and the possibility of a permanent role at the end of the assignment. So far, it has hired two new employees as part of the programme.

Declan said there are several ways someone can prepare to return to work.

“I believe spending some time to identify your values, both personally and professionally, is valuable in order to find an organisation that best fits. For example, is having the flexibility to pick up your children up from school imperative? Or is continued education important to you? Don’t be afraid to ask these questions during your interviews in order for you to feel confident in returning to work.”

“It can be intimidating and unnerving to start a new job, especially when you have been out of the workforce for an extended period of time. Don’t doubt yourself! Believe in your experiences and your future greatness,” he said. In order to build confidence, Declan recommends spending some time evaluating your previous work experience as well as your transferable skills, like problem solving, organisation and interpersonal communication. You should then find ways to articulate these to a potential future employer, using examples from both your previous role as well as during your time away from work.

For companies thinking of setting up a returners’ programme, Declan said it was important to think about how your company culture would support those who have been on an extended career break. “Benefits such as flexibility and autonomy are very important for those who have commitments outside of work. Ask yourself if your culture has the right infrastructure to support those returning to work.”


He said that many professionals looking to return to work have childcare/other personal arrangements to coordinate to ensure they can participate, so communication and advance planning is essential to make a smooth return to the workforce.


More like this:

  • Money management in your retirement…here
  • Tired of the day job? Here’s how to become your own boss…here
  • How to take time off when you are self-employed…here

Also Read

blank
EDITORIAL
‘Quite interesting’: Princess Anne comments on The Crown

We’ve all heard that the royal family don’t exactly gather round to watch The Crown, but one member has shared...

By Jennifer McShane

toxic
EDITORIAL
How to let go of toxic people, and the signs to recognise

By Niamh Ennis

blank
EDITORIAL
This spatchcock chicken recipe will make your weekend

This is a great way to get a juicy roast chicken, bursting with flavour.     Bord Bia’s Spatchcock Chicken...

By Meg Walker

blank
AGENDA, EDITORIAL
When speaking about ageing, we should follow Julianne Moore’s lead

Actress Julianne Moore is tired of all the cliched tropes about female ageing. The way we speak about it; the...

By Jennifer McShane

blank
EDITORIAL
‘Why do we keep snatching normality away from our children?’

This summer the government will allow my children into a bar, but not to their gymnastics camp. Amanda Cassidy on...

By Amanda Cassidy

blank
premium EDITORIAL
EVENT: How To Master the Art of Negotiation

We sit down with Negotiation Strategist Natalie Reynolds, discussing key tactics and strategies used to master the art of negotiation...

By Shayna Sappington

blank
CULTURE
Reality Bites: TV shows like Love Island are warping our minds

It may be the most unifying show on television, but shows like Love Island are promoting some pretty damaging messages....

By Amanda Cassidy