In this TED talk, Carol Fishman Cohen, tells about her and others’ experience of getting back to work after a long break. She talks about the challenges and opportunities for both job seekers and employers.
People take career breaks for elder care, childcare and so on. They want to return to work after the break. They are relauchers! There are people who took even 25 year long break and relaunched, like in the above picture.
Why do employers see relaunchers as a higher risk? 1. They are technologically obsolete. 2. They do not know what they want to do. These are not actually permanent things. You can do your research to overcome these barriers before relaunching.
The employer perception about relaunchers is changing. There is a trend to offer short-term paid work opportunities to relaunchers, and depending on their performance they are offered full-time jobs.
Five of the biggest financial services companies have reentry internship programs; seven of the biggest engineering companies are piloting reentry internship programs for returning engineers as part of an initiative with the Society of Women Engineers.
When you relaunch, your colleagues only remember your old professional self, not the person during the break. Hence, it a very welcoming environment.