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Diversity Project Return to Work Accelerator

Diversity Project 900 x 300

Location: Virtual (for London-based participants)

Opportunity: Free Return to Work Coaching Bootcamp (part-time during school hours)

Dates: 11 May to 24 June 2021 (5 sessions)

Apply by: 6 May 2021

Women Returners is delighted to partner with the Diversity Project, a cross-company initiative championing a more inclusive culture within the Savings and Investment sector, to launch the Diversity Project Return to Work Accelerator Coaching Bootcamp.

The Coaching Bootcamp is designed to support returning professionals who are currently on an extended career break of 18 months or more, and who wish to relaunch their careers within the Investment & Savings Sector in London. The free-of-charge Bootcamp is particularly targeted at the unsuccessful candidates for the 2021 Diversity Project Cross-Company Returner Programme, to provide additional support to strengthen future applications.

About the Diversity Project Return to Work Accelerator

The Bootcamp will provide tailored support to address the practical and psychological barriers to returning to work, to develop job search skills and to create an action plan to reach your goal of returning to the Investment and Savings Sector. Coaching modules, facilitated by Women Returners expert coaches, will include rebuilding confidence, tackling fears and doubts, clarifying career direction, creating CVs and LinkedIn Profiles, and developing interviewing and networking skills.

The 11-hour Bootcamp will be delivered remotely via Zoom, including break-out rooms to encourage a peer support network of like-minded individuals. As the Accelerator is funded by the Diversity Project, there is no cost for attending the Bootcamp. The Bootcamp will be delivered as a full coaching programme and therefore attendance is required throughout.

The coaching sessions will be delivered once every two weeks to enable personal research and reflection between sessions. The dates for the sessions are: 11 May, 25 May, 8 June and 22 June from 10am to 12.30pm. There will also be an additional session focused on Relaunching into the Investment and Savings Sector (date TBD).

How will I benefit?

During the Coaching Bootcamp you will:

  • Build your professional confidence
  • Develop an optimal return to work mindset
  • Clarify your career direction
  • Identify your key strengths
  • Understand how to write a compelling CV
  • Learn how to create (or refresh) your LinkedIn profile following a career break
  • Develop interview skills and know how to prepare for an interview
  • Develop networking skills
  • Create an action plan for your return to work
  • Get advice from the Diversity Project team about returning to the Savings and Investment Sector

Who is eligible?

This fully-funded opportunity is available to returning professionals who have taken an extended career break of 18 months or more and who wish to relaunch their career within the Savings and Investment Sector in London.

As numbers are limited, priority will be given to returners who applied and were unsuccessful for the 2021 Diversity Project Cross-Company Returner Programme.

How to Apply 

To apply, please complete our short application form here to assist us with the selection process.

The closing date for applications is Monday 3 May. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by 6 May 2021. Joining instructions will be sent closer to the time.

If you have any questions on the Return to Work Accelerator Bootcamp, please contact Hazel@womenreturners.com

Feedback on a Previous Return to Work Accelerator Coaching Bootcamp

Women Returners delivered the Return to Work Accelerator Coaching Bootcamp to women returners in Scotland earlier this year, funded by the Scottish Government. 100% of participants confirmed that the Coaching Bootcamp increased their confidence in their return to work and that it was supportive and helpful.

“The Return to Work Accelerator Bootcamp gave me the confidence which had eroded over the course of 10+ yrs career break of how to get back into a workplace. Before I joined the session I had applied for various jobs locally and it seemed like my career break was a sticking point, this resulted in further knocks to my confidence. At the end of the session I felt I had gained confidence to go back into the job market. I felt comfortable to apply for roles where my skills are transferrable and a career break is no longer an hindrance, in fact I feel it is now my strength. The whole experience has allowed me to develop a can do attitude and my understanding of what I can really achieve as a person.” 2021 Participant.

“I gained a lot from the Return to Work Accelerator Bootcamp and would highly recommend it to anyone who is thinking about getting back to the workplace after a career break. It boosted my confidence, replaced my self-doubt with a more “can do” attitude and facilitated a re-connection with my work identify. Less than a week after the course, I had secured my first interview – fingers crossed!” 2021 Participant.

About the Diversity Project

This cross-company initiative believes that there is an extraordinary opportunity to press the re-set button in the Savings and Investment sector: to recruit, nurture and retain the first truly diverse generation of Savings and Investment professionals. Diversity is not only our social obligation, it’s a business imperative.