Hi Sarah, I am so excited to share your story with our network. Returning to work after a career break can feel daunting at the best of times. You have not only transitioned into a new career but have found an opportunity through networking that gives you real choices on what comes next. I love your story – thank you for sharing it with us.
What was your employment situation when you joined the talent ecosystem?
Thanks Jenny! I was on an extended maternity leave and had been out of the workforce for approximately 3.5 years.
Sarah, what kind of work were you looking for when you joined our talent platform?
Flexible was the only thing I knew for sure but beyond that I was open. I was thinking it could be part time or contract work in my previous field, or exploring the possibility of starting a business in an unrelated field which was more aligned with my passion.
What are you doing now?
I’ve just started a part time role with a business owner who, a few years ago, also made the change from a corporate career to pursue her passion of sustainable interior design.
Not only does she understand what I am going through, I have an incredible opportunity to explore whether this new career would be a good fit for me in a safe and structured way.
I’m excited to get back into the workforce, to learn new things, to try out an entirely different career, and to see where I can take this opportunity.
How did the talent ecosystem help you transition and find work that works for you?
While getting ready to introduce myself, my career experience, and my goals for future work on a virtual networking meeting on the platform, I assumed everyone knew what specific type of work they were searching for, but me.
I was feeling insecure in admitting that I was dabbling with a few different ideas.
Having the courage to be open and to talk about those different ideas bouncing around paid off, as Jenny quickly jumped in to say there was an introduction she could make.
In fact, every tellent member on the call also had helpful feedback, or someone to reach out, or something encouraging to add. I was overwhelmed with the offers to help make connections that could lead to opportunities.
As it turns out, Jenny’s connection resulted in an opportunity that is exactly what I was looking for; I just didn’t know it existed.
What advice would you give other women looking for work and transitioning in their careers right now?
I have a quote by Ijeoma Umebinyuo pinned to my wall that helps to drive me forward and keep me focussed.
“Start now. Start where you are. Start with fear. Start with pain. Start with doubt. Start with hands shaking. Start with voice trembling but start. Start and don’t stop. Start where you are, with what you have. Just start.”
Thank you Sarah for sharing your story!