We spoke with Anna-Karin Aksberg about her experience with taking a career break and returning to work on a returner programme.
Name: Anna-Karin Aksberg
Career break: 10 years
Company placed into: AXA XL
New role: IT Project Manager
TELL US ABOUT YOU BEFORE YOUR CAREER BREAK?
I was working as a project manager within the financial services sector, mainly with Retail Banks. I started off my career in Stockholm and ended up in London as my client was based here.
WHAT DID YOU DO DURING YOUR CAREER BREAK ?
I was looking after my daughter as well as retrained in nutritional therapy. I was running my own business in nutritional therapy seeing clients and running workshops.
HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE INSURANCE RETURNERS PROGRAMME?
I applied for a position that I found on LinkedIn a couple of years ago. Since then, we have stayed in touch and Inclusivity has put me forward for a couple of other positions until this one came up. I have never experienced such a hands on and supportive recruiter.
“I have never had such a hands on and supportive recruiter.”
HOW WAS THE EXPERIENCE GOING THROUGH THE RETURNER PROGRAMME – FROM INTERVIEWS WITH INCLUSIVITY ALL THE WAY THROUGH TO GETTING YOUR ROLE?
Excellent! I always felt that the team at Inclusivity was there to support me. The coach calls have been very helpful as well.
ANY ADVICE FOR OTHERS?
I was very fed up with the retail banking industry when I left 10 years ago. After having a career break it actually gave me the opportunity to get into the insurance sector instead. It has been an amazing journey and I love going to work. Of course, I feel out of depth sometimes and I’m a bit out of touch when it comes to Teams and Excel and juggling work and home life. But those are only minor issues. I feel empowered having a decent income, a good job and using my brain in a fast-paced environment.
“Go for it and apply for that job! Its incredible to believe that after 10 years out of the industry it only took me a couple of months to get back into it.”
The Insurance Industry is an industry Inclusivity has worked with for some time and we have excellent connections with the UK’s top employers. If you are on a career break seeking to return to this industry we urge you to submit your C.V to us here. Or view all opportunities here, all candidates we place will receive our unique 1:1 coaching and on-going support to ensure your transition back to work with confidence.