Advice and Support: Career Advice


How do I get back to work after a four-year break?

I am 44 years old and took a voluntary redundancy four years ago from the Civil Service where I worked in a variety of departments and as a manager. I have since been running a very small promotional merchandise business, distributing promo gifts to clients. I have to cold call to get clients and do […]

Getting back to work in health and social care

I am a mum of one and I have a degree in health and social care and a degree in midwifery. I qualified as a midwife in 2011 and shortly after I became pregnant with my daughter. I never gained employment experience as a qualified midwife. After being a stay at home mum, I’m trying […]

Seeking to get back to higher paid work after 10 years

I am a single mum of two teenagers and after leaving work as a paramedic 10 years ago, as both my kids had learning difficulties, I have done a variety of practical jobs, gardening, housekeeping and bookeeping whilst I built us a house and flexischooled the kids. I need to earn more income and would […]

Back to work, but my experience is in India


I am 36 years old and have been a full-time mum since 2011. I have Masters degree in computer science. I worked for more than five years in IT industry. Mainly I worked as a Oracle PLSQL developer and application support. My skill set includes Unix, Shell scripting, Oracle,Pl/sql,Oracle Forms. All my experience is from […]

Wife struggling to find part-time work

My partner is an amazing woman, but is struggling with getting back into work since our first child came along nine years ago. Previous roles include bar work, reception work and retail, but she doesn’t want a retail role now and is looking for somewhere with the possibility of career progression. We are not fortunate […]

Forced to update my qualifications


I have been working as a nursery nurse since 2005. My qualifications were taken in Germany and a comparison was made by UK Naric and found to be in order and am probably more qualified than my peers. Then last year I was told that the qualification requirements had changed and I could not get […]

Is deafness preventing me getting a flexible job?

I am a mother with a one year old. I went back to work four months ago and work in marketing for a charity. At the moment I have to work full time and it’s exhausting with juggling childcare. I leave the house 7.30am and get home 6.30pm every day. I am also profoundly deaf, […]

Where can I study GCSEs for free?


Just wondering where I can study the English and Maths GCSE for free as I have not got them. I know I need to have these to be able to get a job. I have been a lunch-time supervisor for about five years and also a full-time mum. Can you help me please?

How to find a good part-time job


How do you find a good part-time job which uses your experience and skills – and pays accordingly – or negotiate a part-time position in your current job? It is an issue that many parents, particularly of younger children, find challenging since such jobs are often not advertised widely. There are organisations, such as, […]

How do I get back to work with career gaps?: ask the expert


I am currently a stay-at-home mum to a nine month old. I have had a number of roles during my years of employment (in which there are significant gaps). I want to know what is the best route to take regarding employment. I have a PhD that I’d like to put into use, but does […]

I want a part-time job: ask the expert

At the start of the year my husband and I decided to move back to Nottingham (after spending the last seven years in London) with our 18-month old daughter, to be closer to family and to purchase our first home. We are currently living at my dad’s so as to save more money for our […]

Facing ageism trying to get back to work: ask the expert

I work – or used to work – in arts education and development within the statutory sector. Since the recession and redundancy I have struggled to find a new post which I feel matches my skills and experience. Suddenly I seem to be ‘too experienced’ when I feel I am most able to take up the challenges of a […]

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