By Lisa Unwin Partner of Inclusivity Partners and Co-founder of Reignite Academy.
How returner programmes create opportunities for women to reboot careers in mid-life
Kristin returned to London from Hong Kong newly divorced, with three children and a five year career gap on her CV. In Nerina’s case, it was seventeen years since she’d worked as a banker, spending much of the intervening years working for NGOs. Elspeth had to leave her role at an insurance company for ill health reasons and was now working part time for a Scottish charity. Susan had stepped away completely to focus on her son who had special educational needs.
Lawyer, banker, insurance professional, engineer: all these women came from very different backgrounds. What they had in common was a desire to get their professional careers back on track. Why? A mix of reasons. Changing circumstances meant they had more time, a drive to earn more money, a desire to be a role model to their children. Above all a feeling that they had unfulfilled potential: that there was more to come in their professional lives.