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…

Restart Your Career in Accounting at Twilio

Path Forward and Twilio are excited to announce a new returnship program aimed at helping finance and accounting professionals restart their careers after time away for caregiving. Twilio is looking for Accountants and Payroll Analysts to participate in 16-week returnships that will start in April. These roles are open to professionals with five or more years of experience, who have taken two or more years off from their careers for…

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,…

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…