Interviewing Tips

Successful Interviews: What to Do Before, After, and During an Interview

Job interviews are tough for most people, and it can feel especially daunting to go on an interview after you’ve taken a break from the workforce. Depending on the length of your career break, and how long you were working before you stepped away, it has probably been a long time since you’ve been the subject of a job interview.   The good news is there are specific steps you…

A New Way to Return to Work: Spotlight on Returnee Ivel Leatheam

Ivel Leatheam spent 10 years working in the fashion industry before taking a break to raise her children. When she decided to return to work nine years later, she used Path Forward as a jumping off point for career re-entry. Ivel’s creative skills made her an excellent candidate for a graphic design returnship at Verisk Analytics, even though graphic design wasn’t a focus of her former career. Now she’s working…

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Women@Forbes Summer Roundup

At Path Forward, we seek to help women find a joyful balance between finding career success and maintaining a happy personal life. To amplify that message, I’m writing a weekly column for Women@Forbes. I’ve discussed changing careers, the challenges of balancing motherhood with your job, and how to navigate a career break. While these columns are written for a broad audience, the advice in many of them as applications specifically…

The Best Websites to Learn to Code Online For Free

The Best Free Online Resources to Uplevel Your Coding Skills

Those who’ve been out of the workforce for a few years often find taking a course or two aimed at refreshing your skills can be helpful, especially if you’ve worked in the tech sector. Technology surrounding computer programming and web development can change rapidly. Taking a course can give you a boost of confidence and demonstrates to prospective employers your eagerness to learn new skills. The good news is that…

Could This Really Be the Key to Work/Life Balance?

I was recently interviewed for a podcast and at the end I was asked a series of rapid-fire questions. One of them was “What is the key to work/life balance?” Hmmm. A lot of things flashed through my head. An understanding boss. A company that respects employee’s personal lives. A supportive spouse or partner at home. Some other kind of good personal support network. All of those things are helpful,…

A New Way to Return to Work: Spotlight on Returnee Laura Stupi

Name: Laura Stupi Company and Position Title: Customer Success Associate, Demandbase What did you do before taking a break: Before taking a break I worked in the scientific instrumentation industry. Most of it was focused on the application of X-rays to the chemical characterization of materials. I worked with the extraction (oil, gas, and mining) and environmental clean-up industries, and the academic sector. I held two different roles: first working with…

Path Forward’s Fall 2017 San Francisco Program to include PayPal, Medallia, Stripe, LendingClub and Quantcast

We are launching our fall 2017 Path Forward program in the San Francisco Bay Area with PayPal, Medallia, Stripe and LendingClub. Click the links to learn more about each company. PayPal launched their inaugural return-to-work program, Recharge, last year in partnership with Path Forward, and following its success, PayPal is expanding its fall 2017 program aimed at recruiting fifteen new “returnees” for 16-week paid internships and kicking off their program with a…

Path Forward Launches Los Angeles Program in Partnership With Verizon Digital Media Services and Boingo Wireless

We’re excited to announce that we have partnered with Verizon Digital Media Services and Boingo Wireless to launch a Path Forward return to work program in Los Angeles. Click the links to learn more about each company. As a part of our program, Verizon and Boingo are offering 16-week paid return to work internships aka “returnships” starting in September and October 2017. Path Forward works with its partners to bring…

Fearless And Free: Wendy Sachs Q&A and Book Giveaway!

  Returning to the workforce often requires a pivot, and in her new book, Fearless and Free: How Smart Women Pivot and Relaunch their Careers, Wendy Sachs digs into issues that can hold women back and talks to a wide range of women who faced down fears, roadblocks and failures to reinvent themselves. It’s an inspiring read for women, particularly those who’ve taken a pause in their career, and we asked…

Summer Strategies For Working Parents

KJ Dell’Antonio wrote an op-ed in the NYT last summer about what a burden summer can be for working parents, especially mothers. The piece points out the most extreme example of a fundamental truth — the American school calendar is predicated on a family structure that hasn’t existed for decades. In 2015 more than 74% of mothers with at least one child between the ages of 6 and 17 and more…