Looking to return to work after a career break? Discover how we can help you restart your career in business.
At FDM, we believe that a career break doesn’t define you. We train and employ talented people who are driven to succeed. We offer intensive training to teach new skills, refresh existing knowledge and help you regain the confidence to successfully return to a career in business.
If you’ve had a career break of more than a year, have five plus years’ business experience in areas such as project management, business analysis or project support and are keen to restart your career, FDM’s Getting Back to Business Programme could be the right path for you.
We are strong supporters of creating a more gender-balanced workforce and have an established Women in Tech initiative to champion women within the industry. With a 0% median pay gap, (UK average median gap is 18.4%), we are also champions of gender pay gap reporting.
FDM Group is a FTSE 250 employer with a global footprint working with over 200 world leading clients in sectors such as media, retail, financial services, insurance and the public sector.
With over 26 years of success, FDM has offices in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific and over 3,500 employees from a diverse range of backgrounds.
We are renowned for our dynamic Careers Programmes, which provide returners to work, graduates and ex-forces personnel with award-winning business and technical training in core disciplines.
Once trained, FDM consultants work on one of our client’s sites for a minimum of two years supporting their business objectives.
Our Getting Back to Business Programme facilitates re-entry into the workplace, providing both training and opportunities for individuals who have taken a break in their career. We provide seven weeks of training to refresh your skills before placing you on site for two years with our clients; including specialist training, ongoing support, building upon leadership and management experience as well as IT and business knowledge.
With a new subject covered every week of training, you’ll learn: professional skills, software development lifecycle, Microsoft Excel, Financial Industry Awareness, business analysis, PRINCE2 (certification), project management and SCRUM / Agile.
After your two-year period is over, you can either remain with FDM as a senior consultant, transition permanently to a client site or seek opportunities elsewhere with the connections and experience you have gained during the programme.
With a return to London after a career break which involved a move to Singapore and an opportunity to focus on raising my three children, I decided the time was right to return to work.
Like everyone, I applied for roles and thought I’d simply pick up where I left off, so I was really surprised at how hard it was to get through to the interview stage. I had not expected this, as I had never had a problem finding relevant employment before my break when I worked as an Investment Analyst within Asset Management.
I found out about returner programmes via women at my children’s schools and I looked into them as an option. I learned about FDM’s Getting Back to Business Programme when I spoke to someone from the FDM team at a conference about returners that I attended.
I successfully applied for and completed the FDM Getting Back to Business Programme which consisted of a seven-week training course followed by a placement with a client for two years as an FDM Consultant. I started my training in January 2017 and successfully secured my placement as an FDM Consultant in May 2017.
Being back at work has been a positive experience, but it was also quite hard to adjust to pressures at work while balancing everything at home. It’s important to be realistic, both in terms of the work you might be doing and the choices you have to make. One of the key things I discovered is to not be afraid to ask for help. Be honest and open about the challenges you face, but at the same time be positive and look for solutions.
One of the great benefits has been to involve my husband more with our childcare needs. When I was home, I tended to “do it all” myself, now I find that asking (and expecting) my husband to attend school events and being home earlier has been beneficial for the whole family. Sharing parenting and school commitments is important.
The best piece of advice I can share is to not feel guilty. It is also important to accept the fact that things are not always going to be perfect and there are compromises to be made. It is about the long term perspective and I believe women can and should achieve whatever they put their mind to. We are role models to our children and to the younger men and women at work too.