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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 […]

Thinking of going back to college: ask the expert


I’m a 29-year-old single mother to a daughter who’s 9. I am currently employed on a zero hour contract and my hours are constantly being messed around.  I’m looking at the possibility of going back to school to study, but have no idea of where to start….who to call….or even if I’ll be able to […]

International employees don’t get taxed on benefits, but I do: ask the expert


I work for a multinational company where people get moved internationally. I have to pay tax on any benefits I receive. However, employees that have been moved internationally get all the tax on their benefits paid for by the company (with no time limit). I do not understand how under equality legislation a company can […]

How to retrain


Coach Emma Louise O’Brien gives some tips on how to go about retraining. Returning to work after having children is not always straightforward. Your priorities have changed, you require more flexibility and you need to cover those childcare costs. Have you heard yourself saying things like “I can’t do that job because I don’t have […]

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