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How 'returnships' help women in tech get back to work after a parenting break

By Mashable

This column is part of a series called "Voices of Women in Tech," created in collaboration with AnitaB.org, a global enterprise that supports women in technical fields, as well as the organizationsRead full story

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  • This is good not only for parents but for anyone in the gig economy who wants a staff position again.

    “Returnships are a type of internship program that provide a way for organizations to recruit and on-board mid-career men and women who have taken a break in their careers and want to re-enter the workforce. Most returnships include technical training, with some providing soft skill trainings and mentorship to help increase the returnees' confidence.“

    “More than 160 companies worldwide are investing

    This is good not only for parents but for anyone in the gig economy who wants a staff position again.

    “Returnships are a type of internship program that provide a way for organizations to recruit and on-board mid-career men and women who have taken a break in their careers and want to re-enter the workforce. Most returnships include technical training, with some providing soft skill trainings and mentorship to help increase the returnees' confidence.“

    “More than 160 companies worldwide are investing in these types of programs.”

    Goldman Sachs reported that half of those who went through its program are now working full time.

  • Yoko Gibo
    Yoko GiboVP growth at Willo

    This "returnship" program is a very motivating and encouraging move for women (and men) who want to take some time off for parenting, as they do not have to start over their career from the bottom. And needless to say, this returnship will help increase the presence of women in the leadership positions.

    Still, it's very disappointing that in reality there's only 160+ companies "worldwide" who do have such programs already in place. Hopefully more companies will follow.

    "With women leaving organizations

    This "returnship" program is a very motivating and encouraging move for women (and men) who want to take some time off for parenting, as they do not have to start over their career from the bottom. And needless to say, this returnship will help increase the presence of women in the leadership positions.

    Still, it's very disappointing that in reality there's only 160+ companies "worldwide" who do have such programs already in place. Hopefully more companies will follow.

    "With women leaving organizations at the mid-career level, it is no surprise that we have a shortage of women in senior positions. Only 5 percent of leadership positions in the technology industry are held by women. The pipeline for women in technology to senior-level roles has a leak. Many companies are taking an innovative approach to supporting women in the workplace, especially women in the technology industry, through a new kind of initiative: "returnships."

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