It's been a difficult year for parents. Millions of working moms, in particular, have been forced to leave the workforce due to the pressures of juggling work and childcare.
If you’re trying to return to your career - whether you left the workforce in 2020 or are coming back from an extended break - you’ve probably run into challenges. Path Forward can help.
What does Path Forward do?
Path Forward works with companies to create paid opportunities, often called “returnships”, specifically for experienced professionals who are looking to return to the workforce after a break. They’ve worked with more than 80 companies, including Amazon, SAP, and Facebook, to hire and support women as they relaunch their careers. If you’ve been on a career break to raise children, care for an aging parent, family member, or yourself - you’re probably worried that the gap on your resume will hinder your return. But with a returnship, it doesn’t have to.
Path Forward and their partner companies know that a caregiving gap is a strength, not a weakness, and gives returners unique perspectives and skills. “There are countless skills I gained during my break that I’ve applied in my post-break career,” says Bridget, who successfully completed a finance returnship at Twilio and now works there full-time. “ having patience, thinking outside the box, being a critical listener, adapting to different learning styles, appreciating other perspectives, and remaining calm under pressure.”
That’s why Path Forward works with partners to create paid temporary-to-permanent opportunities that give you a chance to show off those skills, while gaining recent experience and having a more supportive and seamless transition back to the workforce. Whether you’re ready to return to work now, or just starting to think about how you’ll restart your career, sign up to get helpful advice, invitations to free events featuring successful returners and recruiters from our hiring partners, and to get job alerts as soon as new Seattle-area returnships open up.
Heidi is just one of the many working parents who returned to work through a Path Forward returnship in 2020. Heidi took a break from her 20-year career in software development to spend more time with her young children, but after seven years, she was ready to return to her career. She was accepted into a returnship at Amazon and had just begun her program when her team went virtual due to the pandemic. She completed her returnship remotely, and now works at Amazon full-time as a Software Development Engineer.
According to Heidi, Amazon’s onboarding and program structure ensured that her returnship was a success. “My manager and my team had a lot of confidence in me and recognized my abilities, which is refreshing. They made me feel like I was part of the team and believed in my contributions,” she says.
Ready to join Bridget, Heidi and hundreds of other moms like you who have successfully returned to their careers through Path Forward?