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

The end of summer and start of a new school year feels like a fresh start. The scenarios can vary. Maybe your youngest is beginning full-day kindergarten. Or the oldest is off to college while the other kids are increasingly busy with their preteen/teen activities. Or, maybe all the kids have been in school for a few years and another year of a (mostly) quiet house is making you consider…

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 a 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.…

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…

Partner Spotlight: Minal Verma, VMware Recruiter

Minal Verma has been a Senior Recruiter at VMware for over 5 years, and her journey with the company has taken her from technical to full-cycle recruiting, as well as a move from Bangalore to Australia. She helped launch and handle recruitment for VMware’s first returnship program in 2019, as well as their second program in 2020, held remotely due to the pandemic. As VMware launches their next returnship program,…

Returner Spotlight: Karly Davis

Company: Trimble Position: Financial Analyst Karly took a break from her finance career to spend more time with her son. After six years, she was ready to return to the workforce, but found it difficult to get interviews with a career gap on her resume. That’s when she learned about Trimble and realized the company would be a great fit for her – so she applied and returned to work…

Participant Spotlight: Vanessa Barker

Company: Wells Fargo Position: Software Engineer Vanessa Barker enjoyed a 13-year career in financial services before taking a break to spend time with her daughter and care for her mother. Just as Vanessa was ready to return to work, the COVID pandemic hit, making her job search more difficult among hiring freezes and layoffs. After learning about Path Forward and the concept of returnships, she applied for and was accepted…