Path Forward Celebrates International Women’s Day by Choosing to Challenge

This year the theme for International Women’s Day is #ChoosetoChallenge.  At Path Forward we are always choosing to challenge, so we love this theme. In honor of International Women’s Day, we choose to challenge that: There’s a “pipeline problem” Wanting more flexibility means wanting/deserving less responsibility Women’s work is somehow worth less, and therefore paid less Hiring from non-traditional talent pools requires you to “lower the bar” Confidence = competence…

Participant Spotlight: Zandra Otubamowo

Company: Facebook Position: Technical Program Manager “Taking a break to focus on raising my kids was a decision that was well worth it over the sacrifice of my quitting my professional job,” states Zandra O, a Technical Program Manager at Facebook. However, after 3 years away from her professional career,  Zandra experienced feeling “like I was not maximizing my potential to its fullest – I had a feeling I needed…

Returner Spotlight: Aarthi Karnawat

Company: Allstate Position: Software Engineer Aarthi Karnawat took a break from her software engineering career to care for her newborn daughter and her own health. After 5 years, she felt ready to return to work. While completing a Master’s degree, she returned to work at Allstate, where she now works as a software engineer. Aarthi talks about how Allstate’s work-life balance and supportive, learning-oriented culture helped her transition more easily…

Use Path Forward’s Resource Roundup to Return to Work in 2021

If you’re starting 2021 with the goal of returning to work, you’re in luck – because we’ve got all the resources and opportunities you need. Path Forward posts new returnships all throughout the year. View our current opportunities here, and make sure you’re signed up for our newsletter to learn about new roles as soon as they open. To help you hit the ground running, we’ve collected all of our…

Returner Spotlight: Heidi McAllister

Company: Amazon Position: Software Development Engineer Heidi McAllister took a break from her 20-year career in software development to spend more time with her young children. After seven years, she was ready to return to her career, and had just begun a returnship at Amazon 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.…

Participant 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…