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Unlocking New Opportunities for Career Breakers
Are you someone who has taken a career break of 12 months or more?
Large numbers of people take a career break at some point in their lives, whether it’s to raise a family, look after a sick relative, pursue personal interests, or to work in another field or industry. But not all of them believe their experiences will be valued when returning to the workplace.
Earlier this year, Deutsche Bank launched its new Return to Work initiative, which encourages people who have taken time away from the corporate workplace to apply to work with them. The company says it values the fresh experiences, life skills and the increased agility returners such as one of our colleagues, Ally Peace bring with them.
“When you start out as a graduate, you have to learn everything from scratch,” says Ally Peace, who took a 10-year break from her career in technology to focus on her family. “As a returner you just need to get your skills up to speed again. In my case, I already had a strong background,” she says.
For Peace, having an employer who “gets it” and offers the support she needed, while also trusting her to get stuck in, made all the difference.
Deutsche Bank carefully selects mentors for returners, often choosing people who have themselves taken career breaks and know how it feels to return to the corporate workplace. Through the initiative, the organisation wants to ensure the workplace culture remains as supportive of returners as possible and are committed to supporting your return and providing you with the resources you need to thrive and succeed.
Deutsche Bank understand that balancing work and personal responsibilities can be demanding, especially for those with young children and has an enhanced benefit of 20 days of emergency childcare per year for children aged three months to eight years. This support will enable you to focus on your career without compromising your family commitments.
Employee expectations and preferences are evolving. That’s why Deutsche Bank implemented a hybrid working model that allows eligible employees to work both in the office and remotely, subject to their manager’s agreement. This flexibility enables their workforce to achieve a working pattern that suits individual needs and maximizes productivity.
James Gibson took a year away from a career in finance to start a successful ice-cream business in Hong Kong. “Ice-cream is the world’s favourite food,” he says, “and [my new business makes] some of the best.”
Gibson is now back in his high-profile career in banking technology He says he has the same skills as before, plus “a whole new set”, such as the ability to be agile and to move things along quickly.
“I knew the new skills and experiences that I’d picked up as a small business entrepreneur had made me even more effective and capable, such as the ability to be agile and to move things along quickly.” he says. “The fact that Deutsche Bank recognised this too was a very powerful incentive to join.”
Without a supportive employer, returning to work can be a challenge. Deutsche Bank is focused on guiding career returners through the interview process and also making the transition back into the workplace as smooth as possible. For example, interviewees are encouraged to draw upon examples from their time away and their personal experiences when answering interview questions. Upon joining, returners are given access to training and resources, mentoring, and flexible working opportunities.