Taking a break from the tech industry, whether for family, personal reasons or other ventures can be daunting. The landscape evolves quickly and returning can seem like facing a whole new world.

But fear not, many women have successfully navigated this journey, and so can you. Here’s how to make your return as smooth and empowering as possible.

Embrace your unique journey

First things first, acknowledge and celebrate your path. Whether you took time off to raise children, care for a family member or pursue a passion project, these experiences have enriched your life and made you more resilient. They’ve given you skills, like multitasking, problem-solving and emotional intelligence. These are invaluable in tech. Own your story, it’s uniquely yours.

Update your skills

Tech moves fast and keeping up with the latest trends and tools is essential. Here are a few ways to get back up to speed:

Online courses and certifications: Websites like Coursera, and LinkedIn Learning offer courses on almost every tech topic imaginable. Find out what’s currently in demand in your desired field and start learning.

Bootcamps: Intensive coding bootcamps can be a great way to refresh your skills and even learn new ones quickly. Many bootcamps also offer career services to help you find a job afterwards.

Workshops and meetups: Local tech meetups and workshops are not only great for learning but also for networking. They can help you reconnect with the tech community and stay informed about the latest trends.

Reconnect with your network

Speaking of networking, it’s time to reconnect with your professional contacts. Reach out to former colleagues and managers. Attend industry events, both virtual and in-person. Join relevant LinkedIn groups and participate in discussions. Let people know you’re back and looking for opportunities. Networking can often lead to job leads and valuable advice.

Consider a returnship

Many companies now offer “returnships,” which are similar to internships designed for professionals returning after a career break. These programs provide a gentle re-entry into the workforce with training, mentorship, and the opportunity to prove your skills.

Refresh your CV and online presence

Your CV should reflect your updated skills and experience. Highlight any freelance work, volunteer projects or courses you’ve completed during your break. Be sure to:

Showcase relevant skills: Focus on the skills and experiences that are most relevant to the job you’re applying for.

Address the gap: Be honest about your career break. A simple line explaining the reason for your gap is sufficient.

Update your LinkedIn profile: Make sure your LinkedIn profile is current and includes your latest skills and experiences. Engage with content relevant to your field to increase visibility.

Prepare for interviews

Brush up on your interview skills. Practice common technical questions and algorithms. Be ready to discuss your career break confidently. Emphasise how your experiences during the break have prepared you to return to the tech world stronger than ever.

Stay positive and persistent

Returning to work after a break can be challenging, but it’s important to stay positive and persistent. Rejections may happen and that’s okay. Every “no” gets you closer to a “yes.” Believe in your abilities and keep pushing forward.

Mentorship

Consider finding a mentor who has successfully returned to tech after a break. They can offer invaluable advice and support.

Takeaway

Returning to the tech industry after a gap is not just about catching up, it’s about bringing a fresh perspective, new skills and a renewed sense of purpose. The industry needs diverse voices and experiences and your unique journey adds immense value. Take that first step with confidence. The tech world is ready for your comeback and you’re more than ready to shine.


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