After a successful launch earlier this year, Path Forward has teamed up with Amazon again to offer more returnship opportunities in the Seattle area. If you’re a professional who’s out of the workforce for caregiving - whether it’s to care for a child, spouse, parent, or yourself - a returnship could be the opportunity that sets you on the path to your post-break career.
These 16-week paid contract positions provide a chance to update your resume and gain recent experience, skills, and training in Amazon’s technology.
Participants also get support and professional development workshops from Path Forward for a smoother transition back to the workforce. There's also a good chance of being offered a permanent position after the returnship, with about 80% of Path Forward’s participants getting full-time offers at the companies where they complete their returnship.
One of these successful returnees is Michelle, who took part in Amazon’s first returnship program this past spring. Her career history might sound familiar to you: having enjoyed a long career in finance, she took a career break to devote more time to her young son.
After two and a half years out, Michelle decided it was time to start the next chapter of her career. But despite extensive experience in her field, she ran into trouble getting even an interview due to the gap on her resume. So Michelle decided to apply for a returnship at Amazon.
At Amazon, Michelle’s managers and co-workers made her transition back to her career easier. “I was very fortunate that my team was so supportive and encouraging, and I truly felt that they wanted to see me succeed.”
After her returnship, Michelle was converted into a full-time position at Amazon. She credits her returnship for providing an opportunity to show an employer what she can do. “The program really leveled the playing field and allowed me a chance to prove myself. It’s really empowering to know that returnees can be given an opportunity to make an impact and continue successfully in a career in spite of taking time away from work.”