A New Way to Return to Work: Spotlight on Returnee Steffie MacDonald

Steffie MacDonald was a seasoned operations strategist and professional analyst before she left the workforce 17 years ago to care for her family. As her children grew older, she made steps to re-start her career. Despite staying active in her community and growing her network of professional contacts, she felt employers wouldn’t take a chance on her because of her career gap. Path Forward’s program gave her the professional experience…

How to Find Professional References Without Work Experience

How to Find Professional References If You Don’t Have Recent Work Experience

You’ve embarked on job hunt armed with a personal arsenal of job application resources, like an updated resume, tailored cover letter, and stellar interview tactics, but there’s one crucial component of the job search process that’s often overlooked: professional references. Companies rely on professional references to verify your skill set and to get an outsider’s opinion of how you perform in a workplace environment. These recommendations can also create an…

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Restart Your Career in San Francisco Today!

Path Forward has many great opportunities to help you re-enter the workforce in San Francisco. Our “returnship” positions are 16-week, paid internships that give you the recent work experience and skills you need to restart your career after a career break. We’ve partnered with some great companies that want to help you get back to work, so be sure to check out the job opportunities below and apply now! Cloudera…

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…

Path Forward on Women@Forbes

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…