IT services and staffing company Tectre is holding a one-day workshop to help women return to a career in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) or start a career in the field.
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The Career Restart course, which takes place in London on 9 September, has been designed to bridge the gap for women returning to work by clarifying how previous skillsets fit into the world of work now.
The course is the brainchild of Gillian Arnold, founder of Tectre and chair of BCSWomen, who is on the WISE board of directors and has worked with the Open University's course for women in IT returners.
Arnold said: “I am sick of nothing being available for returners, so we have put this course together for that reason. If we are to get women to return to IT careers or to encourage women to transfer from other careers into IT, then something has to be done.
“The course is for women who are seeking to return to work after a break. They can be of any age, so they could have been on a break to have children, or could have been caring for someone elderly and have decided to return to the workplace later in life.”
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During the day, attendees will be able to:
• Learn how to present themselves in a professional market, including how to use LinkedIn.
• Learn about what’s new and what’s hot in the technology field since they last worked.
• Learn how to build and maintain their network to support their career.
• Develop strategies for building a sustainable work/ life integration.
• Create the kind of CV that will get them noticed, along with hints and tips on how to use social media in personal marketing.
The workshop will also include a networking session with key employers in the field. This will include large IT companies, BCS representatives and recruiters such as Capability Jane.
Arnold, who featured in Computer Weekly’s Top 25 Most Influential Women in UK IT 2014, added: “The course aims to build confidence and to break down the myths. It will offer a few childcare options, if they are needed, and it will get them networking with the people they need to be meeting.
“We will work a lot on dispelling the myths about returning to work. I took a sabbatical myself for one year and when I returned, not much had changed. It’s about building that confidence to know that things haven’t changed as much as you think they have.”
For more information or to book a place, click here: www.tectre.com