Transitioning back to work after my sons were born was both challenging and exhilarating. There is that period of readjustment, getting reacquainted with the priorities in play, navigating areas of business change and just rebalancing life. There was certainly a moment or two when I questioned how I could possibly get a handle on everything I’d missed. Now imagine instead of a short parental leave, you have been away for 2 or 3 years. Not on a 6 month break but rather a longer stretch, possibly caring for an ailing parent, spending time with a child, taking time out to develop your skills, or just taking time to recalibrate. How would your return to work look? You might feel apprehensive, confused about where to start or unclear about what opportunities are available to you. How long would it take you to find your groove and get back into full swing?
At Mastercard, we want to support mid-career professionals in re-entering the workforce. As we continue to foster an inclusive and diverse work environment, we understand that some of our best hires may be people who have taken a career break.
I’m excited to introduce our Relaunch Your Career program. The program enables highly-experienced professionals who were working at mid-career level before taking a break, to re-enter the workplace. During a 12 – 16 week program, returners have the opportunity to learn about our business and receive on-the-job training, coaching and a range of resources to support getting back to work. At the end of the program, participants have the opportunity to apply for a role with Mastercard.
With Relaunch Your Career, we’re exploring the notion that sometimes the best way to propel your business forward may be to offer someone a way back. If you qualify or know someone who may be interested, more details are available at mastercard.com/relaunchyourcareer