Looking to return to work after a career break? Discover how we can help you restart your career in business.
FDM Group is a multi-award-winning employer, working with many of the world’s most reputable brands such as Sky, Barclays, Save the Children and the Post Office, to mention a few. At FDM we look past the reasons why you took a career break and focus on supporting you in getting back to business. Our dedicated team will ensure you have all the support you need to feel confident when returning to the workplace – you’ll be surprised how quickly you can adapt.
We will provide you with seven weeks of tailored training, to build upon your existing skills and knowledge and you will have the opportunity to gain industry recognised certifications to help you stand out from the crowd. Following your training, you will work with one or more of our market-leading clients for a minimum of two years, working on exciting projects that are crucial to the business. After the two years, you can either transition permanently with the client, remain with FDM as a senior consultant or can seek other opportunities elsewhere. The FDM Getting Back to Business Programme is not like any other, and we have start dates all year round. Visit our website to learn more. http://www.fdmgroup.com/uk/careers/fdm-getting-back-business-programme/
FDM has firmly established itself as an inclusive employer that champions diversity in the workplace. There are over 80 nationalities working together as a team and around 50% of the management team are women. We are proud to have reported a median gender pay gap of 0% for two years running (compared to a UK average of 18.1%) and have been recognised as Diversity Employer of the Year at the Computing Women in IT Excellence Awards and Top Employer at the Working Mums Awards 2018. FDM highlights role models through the annual FDM everywoman in Technology Awards and hosts events and networking opportunities worldwide, as well as granting achievement awards for exemplary work. You will discover from day one that your time with us will be inspiring, engaging and exciting.
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.