Bushra Ali chaired a panel discussion exploring the issues faced by individuals needing to take a career break (whether or not by choice) and the obstacles they face in getting back into work.
Being a woman and being a mother and/or carer is not easy. We heard the story of a mother who had to leave her job as a lawyer for 9 years to care for her daughter diagnosed with diabetes and had to administer her daily insulin injections.
Like it or not, we are still facing a situation where some employers will give the job not to the person who is most qualified but who is not likely to take a career break i.e. is not near retirement or is not of childbearing age.
We spoke about the need for employers and recruiters to offer skills refresher courses and sessions to help restore self-confidence. There is no magic course for topping up self-confidence but it would be helpful if employers would give people a chance that are very qualified and experienced but have just had that career break. My skills may need updating as I have been out of work but it would be much quicker are more ethical for you to help me refresh those skills rather than looking to replace me. What a wonderful thought that being out of work now brings me back with more life experience.
A fabulous session last Thursday. Thank you to Yellow and Blue for looking after us. Thank you to the brilliant panel members for sharing their career stories.
Photographs of the session can be found here.