As part of our commitment to supporting the career development of both our alumnae and parent communities, we are delighted to be running two events for those who have taken a break from work and are now looking to return to the workplace.
Both will be facilitated by local return-to-work expert Jessica Chivers, Founder of The Talent Keeper Specialists. Jessica is the author of Mothers Work! How to Get a Grip on Guilt and Make a Smooth Return to Work and is also a St Albans City & District Councillor and the political force behind the redevelopment of the play area in Verulamium Park.
Coming back with confidence workshop
For those currently on maternity/ adoption/ shared parental leave and looking to return to their former job
Tuesday 29 January, 7.30pm – 9pm
The session is semi-structured and you’ll have the opportunity to set part of the agenda, sharing what’s on your mind and hearing suggestions from other participants who are also returning to work after maternity leave. Blended into the group-coaching approach are exercises on pitching for flexible working; taking a strategic approach to re-connecting with colleagues and expanding your network; and developing a plan to blend work and home in a way that works for you.
The session is being delivered by The Talent Keeper Specialists who help employers keep and fuel talented and valued colleagues who are returning to work after an extended break. Their style is practical, positive and pacey and the format of the session flexes to meet the needs of each group they work with. Jessica and team invite you join the conversation about returning to work in their closed Comeback Community™ facebook group.
Return to work panel session
For those who have been out of the workplace for over a year/ several years and are considering how to return and the different options available
Thursday 7 February, 7.30pm for 7.45pm (ending approximately 9pm)
Facilitated by Jessica, this event is focused on supporting individuals who are looking to get back to work after a significant period of time out, potentially several years. There will be a panel of experts to help attendees consider the different options available, including returning to a former career, undertaking a returnship, setting up your own business or going in a completely new direction.
Panelists include the Head of HR for a major UK company, the co-founder of a flexible recruitment agency and a career coach who specialises in supporting returners. Refreshments will be available before the talk starts.
Book your place at these events now on our Events page!