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Returning to Work After a Career Break

Getting back to work after a break can seem daunting. Get some tips and advice from our community.

There are so many advice columns and tips for preparing to return to work after maternity leave or an extended leave of absence. For me, the sheer idea of finding a job that would offer me career growth, personal challenge and the flexibility that I wanted for my lifestyle was crippling. So much so that I decided to create a job board specially to help women find the right roles for the above!

Advice from the women in tellent’s community has been “don’t be afraid to ask for flexible work options“. That, and to just do it. Try it. Go back and see how it works out for you. If it isn’t right then you can try something else but chances are you can make it right if you have a good employer.

    Are you Ready to Return to Work?

    Are you Ready to Return to Work?

    My personal advice would be to take some time for personal reflection. Set your own personal and professional goals and determine what is really important to you and how you can get there. There are a number of great coaches and programs out there. Starting there will save you time and effort.

    Professional and personal goal setting

    Online resources

    Refresh your Skills

    Refresh your Skills

    Rotman School of Business – Back to Work Program

    Back to Work is a specialized learning program for women who are returning to the labour market after an extended period of absence. Participants gain practical insights on business culture, hiring practices, leadership and career goal-setting to increase confidence and resiliency. Knowledge exchange with field experts in human resources and senior executives assist participants with resume and professional profiling, building supportive networks and other employer readiness scenarios.

    Return to Work Programs

    Back to Work Programs

    Back to Bay Street

    WCM offers up to five annual $5,000 scholarships and paid four-month internships with BMO Capital Markets (in Toronto), National Bank, RBC, and Scotiabank to women preparing to relaunch a full-time career in the Canadian capital markets industry. Must have at least 5 years experience in capital markets or related field. Also includes a WCM mentor and 1-year WCM membership. Began 2012, annual.


    ThinkData Works wants to help you re-engage with your career on your terms. If you are a woman who has taken an extended professional leave, we are hiring across a wide range of positions, including: Business Development & Sales; Marketing & Advertising; Data Science; and Development & Engineering. More information about the program can be found here.

    Blakes / CIBC ReLaunch Program (Law)

    Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes) is pleased to announce its new program focused on reintegrating highly talented women lawyers into the workforce after a career break. The program, called ReLaunch, gives women who have left the workforce for two or more years the opportunity to gain experience at a leading Canadian law firm and within the bank’s in-house legal department. It was created in partnership with CIBC.

    IBM Tech Re-Entry Program

    IBM’s Tech Re-Entry program is looking for talented female technical professionals who are looking to restart their careers after an absence from the workforce of two years or more. This paid 12 week returnship will enable you to work on projects that match your expertise, interests, and abilities and could lead to full-time employment.


    Web-based organization matching volunteers to non-profit projects. You can refresh your skills by volunteering.

    Womens Development Unlimited

    UK based to too good a resource to not put on the list. Business support designed for women returning to the workforce. We offer practical, helpful support that will make it easier for you to get back to work. It’s not all about just getting back by the way; our support also helps women get into different jobs and higher stages on their career ladder. Being a woman and getting back into a work routine is a very positive, enriching experience. We have all sorts of skills to share with you and help to offer.


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