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International asset management company M&G is offering a supported hiring initiative to help talented professionals who have taken a career break get back to work.
The firm is opening up several existing vacancies for returners who have taken a career break of two years or more.
Successful candidates will receive individual coaching from Women Returners, internal mentoring and focused training to help them back to work and, where possible, flexible working.
This is an ongoing initiative and there are four supported roles currently on offer: Client Administrator [Annuities], Senior Analyst Group Funds Tax, Client Administrator [Investment Operations] and Custodian Relationship Management and Account Oversight.
M&G says: “We aim to create an environment where returning professionals can reach their potential, both personally and professionally. We recognise that a good work-life balance is important to many returners and, wherever possible, offer flexible working arrangements; examples might include part-time working, term-time working and informal home working. We also encourage networking, information sharing and learning opportunities.”
M&G employs more than 1,500 people worldwide, operating from across Europe and Asia.
One employee who has been through the returner process is Tara. She had been at home for four years after leaving her post as a Chartered Secretary because it was too inflexible. She spotted a vacancy for an Assistant Company Secretary at M&G and applied. She was offered a position on four days a week and was given four 90-minute coaching sessions with Women Returners and other support. She says: “Before I even commenced employment, and throughout my early stages of adjusting, the coaching provided time to reflect on how I felt I was performing, what objectives would be beneficial to set and how I could perform to the best of my abilities for myself and my employer.”
She says M&G understands that “working flexibly allows the employee to feel valued and therefore that they will work more efficiently and give more to the role”. She adds: “I enjoy working and I enjoy the role I am in at the moment, but being with my children is priceless. The fact that they need me less now allows me to pursue my own goals, and being a working mother always will be a juggling act, but it helps that I have an understanding employer that recognises the importance of delicately balancing one’s commitments.”