The Bar Has Been Raised: Amazon Commits to 1,000 Returnship Opportunities

Yesterday, Amazon announced a commitment to hiring 1,000 returners through their returnship program. This is by far the biggest goal that a company has set for a returnship program.  We’ve proudly worked with Amazon on their returnship program since 2019, and we’re thrilled to be a part of this major expansion. We know returnships help everyone – not just professionals eager to return to their careers and show off their…

Welcoming Cindy Guerra Robbins to the Path Forward Board

I’m thrilled to announce the appointment of Cindy Guerra Robbins to the Board of Path Forward! Cindy comes to us with an impressive resume and an even-more impressive history of championing the cause of gender equity in the workforce, most notably at Salesforce where she led a study that motivated CEO Marc Benioff to rebalance gender pay across the company—generating acclaim for Salesforce and positioning the company as a role…

On Our Fifth Anniversary Our Work Is More Important Than Ever

The 2020 pandemic has called attention to the issue of women trying to navigate the conflict between work and family. But working women knew this was a problem long before 2020. And so did we.  In March of 2016 Path Forward launched with a mission to empower people to return to the paid workforce after a career break to accommodate caregiving. We knew the root of the problem was on…

What We Are Grateful For This Year

This year is definitely testing our ability to find gratitude. It’s been a hard year. But it’s also offering us a chance to appreciate the many good things we have, and especially to appreciate the people in our lives who make all that we do a little better, a little easier, a little more meaningful. At Path Forward, here are the people we are grateful for, this year and every…

Ask Tami #8: The Soft Skills Useful In Today’s Workplace

Debra asks: What type of soft skills are most needed in today’s workforce, and going forward? Tami: I’m so glad someone asked this question! We get so many questions about very specific technical skills — and very rarely does anyone ask about soft skills. And guess what — a lot of times what stands in the way of success at work can be put into the category of soft skills!…

Ask Tami #7: Figuring Out Which Tech Skills Are Relevant In Your Industry

Supreet asks: The biggest challenge with a career restart is the tech changes, and that all jobs require tech skills. What is the best way to know which tech skills are relevant to which industry, and how can one gain them? Tami: This is a great question! There are a few ways to figure out what skills are in demand. Study job descriptions: Read through the “skills required” section of…

Ask Tami #6: Rethinking Your Career Path After Your Break

Ritz asks: What if you have matured in your vision for yourself and your career path in the years you took a break, to an extent where you see yourself capable of much more than what will likely be offered to you due to a break? Tami: When job searching — with or without a break — the best strategy is to assume nothing. Don’t assume you won’t be offered…

Ask Tami #4: Justifying Your Career Gap and Bringing It Up in an Interview

Shruti asks: How do you justify your career gap during your time as a full-time mom, and how do you bring it up during job interviews? Tami: First of all, you don’t need to justify or apologize for taking time to care for your family! When you talk about your time out of the workforce you should be simple and direct, skip any unnecessary details (the interviewer does not need…

Ask Tami #2: Countering Ageism and the “Overqualified” Label

Laura asks: As someone with a long career but a sizable break, I worry about facing ageism in interviews. In particular, how should I answer the “overqualified” question? Tami: I get asked about ageism a lot and I wish I could tell you that it doesn’t happen, but it does. A lot. Ageism is a structural issue that we should collectively work to dismantle. And, while I’m on a soapbox,…