Partner Spotlight: Patricia Boothe, Trimble

Patricia Boothe, a senior vice president at Trimble, facilitated Trimble’s returnship program launch this year, in partnership with Path Forward. She talks to us about the success of Trimble’s pilot program, what surprised her most about working with returners, and why both she and her colleagues can’t wait to launch a second program. What’s your role at Trimble and how long have you been at the company? I’m a senior…

Don’t Hide the Gap

When starting your job search, the resumé advice you’ll usually get is to hide any and all career gaps.  That’s because of the unfortunate stigma that still exists around hiring people with career breaks, especially those who left to provide family care.  Hiding your gap might be sound advice in general, but it’s a mistake when applying for a returnship. For these opportunities, there’s no need to justify your time…

Participant Spotlight: Matt Gasbarro

Company: Seeq Position: Senior Software Engineer Matt took a break from his software engineering career for five years to care for his newborn daughter. When she was ready to start preschool, he decided it was a great time to return to his career. Matt completed a returnship at Seeq, a software company that publishes advanced analytics applications for manufacturing companies, where he now works full-time as a senior software engineer.…

Participant Spotlight: Pratyusha Sampathirao

Company: Grubhub Position: Data Engineer Pratyusha stepped away from her tech career for six years to take care of her two sons. When she was ready to return to work, Pratyusha found it difficult to get as much as a call back from recruiters, despite her experience and a Master’s degree in Computer Science. After attending a Path Forward webinar with Grubhub, she applied for a returnship at the company,…

Happy New Year

September is the New January

If you’ve been thinking about starting a new job, especially if you’ve taken a couple of years off for caregiving, then consider September your new January! “The end of summer and start of a new school year feels like a fresh start,” says Tami Forman, CEO of Path Forward.  “In many ways, September is a much better month to make a resolution than January.” Changes take time, especially a significant…

Tami on Kate Hanley’s “How to Be a Better Person” Podcast: Highlights

Tami recently joined Kate Hanley’s “How to Be a Better Person” podcast, where she shared her perspective on the radically shifting job market in the wake of the pandemic, and what job seekers can do to successfully return to work. Listen to the podcast here, and check out some highlights (from the full transcript) below: Where the job market is headed, and whether women are coming back: In the professional…

Ask Tami #12: How to Build a Job Search Routine That Works For You

Zeinab: How much time should I put into prepping for my return? Do you have any tips for building and keeping to a routine? Dear Zeinab — What a great question! When you are looking to restart your career you definitely need to be prepared to spend time on your quest. But I think the way to think about it is not so much about quantity and more about consistency.…

Participant Spotlight: Kathryn Zaharek

Company: Audible Position: Senior Product Manager Kathryn Zaharek returned to work after a 3 year break by completing a returnship at Audible, where she now works full-time as Senior Product Manager. She tells us about how she prepared for her return, how Audible supported her during her remote returnship experience, and explains why returners should always have an elevator pitch ready. Tell me a bit about your career break. What…

Participant Spotlight: Gunjan Bhatia

Company: Red Ventures Position: Software Engineer Gunjan Bhatia took a six-year break from her software engineering career to support a family move to the US and to care for her son. Gunjan completed a software engineering returnship at Red Ventures, where she now works full-time. She talks about her remote returnship experience, how Red Ventures and her team supported her return to work during the uncertainty of the pandemic, and…

Father’s Friday: Let’s Reimagine Caregiving

Two years ago my friend and a member of Path Forward’s Board of Directors, Gayatri Agnew, started a new holiday called Mother’s Monday. The idea was simple: While we “honor” mothers on Mother’s Day we don’t support mothers, and especially mothers with careers. The expectation is that Mom celebrates with her children on a Sunday but then pretends she has no caregiving responsibilities when she gets to the office on…