We can think off very few things more daunting than trying to reintegrate into the world of work after an extended absence.
Maybe you took time off to have a baby, or a few years off to look after your kids while they were small, and now you’re considering returning to the working world. Only everything is different. Your postpartum body is different, your office is different, the technology at work is different, and you, as a person, are most definitely different.
It can feel intimidating and overwhelming. The good news is there’s help—lots of it—if you know where to look. There are people who can give advice on dressing your bod in clothes that feel good and look good, there’s a whole, big, wonderful village of working moms who ‘get it’, and there is even a Back to Work program that can help you with your business skills and job hunt.
Designed as a specialized learning program for women who are returning to work after an absence of 3 years or more, the Back to Work program at the Rotman School of Management is a dream come true for moms who want to re-enter the workforce, but don’t know where to start.
As a participant you can expect to learn how to be successful in the job market, meet a variety of potential employers, and refresh your business and communication skills, all while gaining a supportive and collaborate network of like-minded women and business and employment experts. You’ll cover big topics like business trends and marketing tools, and you’ll also get down to the nitty gritty—things like presentation skills, resume development, and social media.
But this isn’t a full return to your undergrad days—don’t expect to spend weeks sitting in a classroom. The course takes place in three modules over the course of three months—the spaced out time slots making it easier to fit the classes into your life. There is even complimentary childcare available on class days.
In a nutshell, when you’re ready to go back to work, you’ll know what to expect, and you’ll be ready to meet it. (If only there was such a course for motherhood.)
This post was brought to you by the Initiative for Women Business, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, Back to Work Program. The Back to Work program is sponsored by TD Bank Group, Microsoft Canada, KPMG LLP, and RSA Group Canada. Complimentary childcare services provided Kids & Company and in kind support from Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge.