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,…

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…

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…

Participant Spotlight: Alex Karjeker

Company: Facebook Role: Data Scientist Like many Returners, Alex Karjeker’s career story-line has many twists and turns and includes employment in a wide array of careers. He worked for over a year as an investment banker, two years as a data scientist, and a year as a lobbyist. In 2017, Alex stepped away from the corporate world to run for public office, and when that was unsuccessful, he traveled to…

Participant Spotlight: VMware’s 2020 Cohort

One of the things that makes a returnship program a great way to restart your career is the support you get during your transition – from your company, from Path Forward and from your cohort – a group of fellow returners who are on the same journey that you are. We talked about the experience with six returners who completed returnships at VMware at the same time. This cohort –…

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…

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: Melissa Evans

Company: Uber Position: Customer Success After over a decade working in sales, Melissa Evans took a 10 year break to raise her daughter. When she was ready to return to full-time work, she completed a returnship in Customer Success at Uber. Melissa talks about her returnship experience, how she kept her business skills sharp during her break, and offers advice on what truly makes a returnship successful.  Tell me a…