Returner Spotlight: Bridget Kelly

Company: Twilio Position: Manager, Change Management Bridget Kelly was ready to restart her career after taking an eight-year break from her sales operations career to raise her children. She found a job posting for one of Path Forward’s first-ever returnships, a customer success role at SendGrid. Intrigued by the concept, Bridget applied and completed her returnship in 2015. Below, Bridget discusses the ways her team at SendGrid, now a subsidiary…

Ask Tami #11: How to Return to Work After a Long Break

Kristen asks: My career break is long (more than 15 years). How can I market myself as relevant and able to pick up new things? Do my volunteer and caregiving experiences count for anything? We get asked this question often. Before I answer I want you to take some inspiration from the many women who’ve successfully restarted their careers after a break of more than 10 years — Alicia, Cathy,…

Get Inspired for a Career Restart in 2021

2021 is almost upon us! This past year has been especially tough for caregivers and parents, and even though there’s no particular magic to January 1, the beginning of the year still gives you a chance to make a fresh start in your personal life and your career. And it is a great time to look for a new job, because it’s the most popular time for companies to post…

Ask Tami #10: What to Do When LinkedIn Requests Aren’t Successful

Mira asks: LinkedIn requests for networking haven’t necessarily worked out for me. How can I connect with people I’m interested in networking with if I don’t have any common connections? Tami: Hi, Mira! Well, getting people who don’t know you to connect to you is hard. It helps to be concise but also to state clearly what you hope to gain from the conversation. But people are busy and wary,…

Ask Tami #5: Salary Expectations When Returning to Work

Barbara asks: What is realistic regarding salary expectations when we are trying to re-enter the workforce? Aside from one’s own financial considerations, how much is too much when you are asked to go significantly below your previous level? Tami: Salary questions are tricky because there are so many factors that go into salary offers. And it tends to be an emotional topic, which can further complicate things.  Figure out what…

Ask Tami #3: Asking for Recommendations From Your Network on LinkedIn

Alexandra asks: How do I ask for recommendations on LinkedIn? I feel awkward reaching out to my network, especially after a long time. Tami: Well, the first thing I would say is that I would not start out by asking for a recommendation after a long time. I’d instead try to re-establish a connection by asking them for a call to reconnect and get advice. People we’ve worked with and…

Participant Spotlight: Shruti Katyal

Company: Walmart Labs Role: UX Designer Shruti Katyal took a five year break from her QA engineering job, during which she had two children and relocated with her family to California. When she felt ready to return to work, Shruti decided to make a pivot into UX. She completed a returnship at Walmart Labs, which prepared her for her current role as a UX Designer at Adobe. Shruti talks about…

Partner Spotlight: Caroline Adams, Red Ventures Recruiting Manager

Red Ventures Recruiting Manager Caroline Adams was getting ready to launch the company’s first-ever returnship program when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and the company went fully remote. Caroline talks about the challenges and successes of adapting the program to a remote environment, what surprised her and hiring managers most about returning talent, and best practices for companies considering running a future virtual returnship program. Company: Red Ventures Role: Recruiting Manager…

Returner Spotlight: Jody Hanson

Company: Wells Fargo Position: Senior Vice President, Talent Integration and Enablement To celebrate the launch of the Wells Fargo Glide – Relaunch Internship Program, we talked to Jody Hanson, who returned to work at Wells Fargo after a career break, and has had a varied and successful 15-year career at the company. Jody Hanson took a six year break from her banking career to raise her young children. After deciding to return…

Participant Spotlight: Melissa Evans

Company: Uber Position: Customer Success After over a decade working in sales, Melissa Evans took a 10 year break to raise her daughter. When she was ready to return to full-time work, she completed a returnship in Customer Success at Uber. Melissa talks about her returnship experience, how she kept her business skills sharp during her break, and offers advice on what truly makes a returnship successful.  Tell me a…