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Looking to return to work after eight years: ask the expert

Looking to return to work after eight years: ask the expert

I worked as a computer programmer for 13 years and left to look after my family. I have been at home for 8 years and now am looking to go back to work. I do not know where to start. I am interested in the data analysis side of computing and not looking to return to programming, needless to say that my skills are now mostly out of date. I would love to return to the IT industry, but do not know where to start. I was scared to get back out there which surprised me as I was a confident person when I was working. Please advise.

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Out of the workplace for two years: ask the expert

Out of the workplace for two years: ask the expert

I left work in 2010 to raise my child who is now in nursery school. I recently have been looking for jobs for about a year now and I am finding it hard to get back into work. I worked as an administration assistant for three years. I know I have the experience and the ability to do this work, but think that my confidence is lacking and I'm finding it daunting and also scary that I might not get anywhere after two years of not working. I have recently started some courses to help.  Is there any advice?

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Regaining confidence: ask the expert

After 10 years in the motor industry and having reached a senior management position, I fell pregnant. Immediately the company treated me differently and when I was on maternity leave they made my position redundant and offered me a lower position, but on the same money and grade. I split up with my partner. My manager changed and my treatment over the 3 years I went back to work was appalling. I was put under an immense amount of pressure, despite having agreed flexible hours to enable me to drop off and collect my daughter from nursery. At the end of 2007 I started to get ill and was suffering chest pains from the stress I was under and in May 2008 I was signed off sick by my doctor as he was concerned about my deteriorating health. I lodged a grievance, but they issued a scathing letter with everything they could throw at me - although in none of my appraisals for the 13 years I was with the company had any of their issues been raised. I decided not to fight and just left. My health is getting better, but my confidence is shattered and I am worried about my sickness record [108 days off]. What can I do?

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Regaining confidence after redundancy: ask the expert<br />

Regaining confidence after redundancy: ask the expert

I was made redundant from my General Operative job at a factory, where I have worked for over 10 years.  I've been a single mother looking after my children and have nothing to put on my cv  beside this job and little jobs I had in the 80s. How can I find a new job?

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Moving on

Moving on

What are the essentials you need to consider when applying for a new job. Workingmums’ careers expert Linda Whittern gives some advice on the key things you need to consider when looking for a new job.

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