How career breaks can make you better at your next job
It’s common for graduates of the Re-Empower Program to use skills they developed in their career breaks to find new, efficient ways of accomplishing objectives in their work once they return. Langalia recalled a recent assignment that required her to review 24 reports every week.
“I looked at it and thought, there’s no way I’m going to sit here and do this every week. It was so time-consuming,” Langalia said.
So she turned to one of the many skills she developed early in motherhood: time management. Specifically, she applied the same methods she used to simplify bathtime.
“We made the bath so complicated at first. We had the goodies, the toys, the lotions, soaps, everything. It took over an hour. I trimmed it down to the most critical elements, the towel and the soap. We got it done in a fraction of the time and then focused on more critical tasks of parenting,” Langalia said. “I keep that mindset with me at work now.”
And with that, those 24 weekly reports were condensed into only two – all while still keeping the most important information for project stakeholders.
The program opens a door to untapped talent
For job-seekers, the Re-Empower Program changes the thinking about long career gaps – historically, a liability they’ve had to justify or explain in job interviews.
“I had been rejected so many times by employers. It was always ‘why do you have a long career break?’” said Swarna Vongala, a systems engineer from Raytheon Missiles & Defense. “I was going nowhere and about to give up.”
Her husband encouraged her to apply to the Re-Empowerment Program when they heard about it from a friend.
“When I opened that acceptance letter I was like, ‘yes, I can do it.’ It’s great to be back.”
Enabling people to reach their potential in their personal and professional lives
Demand for programs like Re-Empower is rising, particularly for women who have children. A recent study found that 43% of new mothers in science, technology, engineering or math careers leave their jobs or go to part-time work, as opposed to 23% of new fathers in the same fields.