Career Reentry Programs Worldwide - March 2013
iRelaunch Comprehensive List of Career Reentry Programs Worldwide
March 2013 updated
Background: There has been an explosion of career reentry programs since 2004, when the topic of career reentry began to gain steam in the media and as a research topic for academics. In October 2008, our first list included 57 programs worldwide, at universities, employers, government agencies, professional associations, non-profits and foundations. Only nine of these 57 programs, or 16%, existed prior to 2004. Domestically, six of 43, or almost 14%, existed prior to 2004.
Now, January 2013, we are updating the list. At this point we have 94 total programs identified since we began the list (note we don’t double count programs that are offered jointly between a school and a company, although we list them separately). Any return to work program at a university, employer, government agency, professional association, non-profit or foundation that has run at least once makes the list. At the end of most program descriptions, we indicate years in which the program ran and if it is still running. Note some programs that are no longer running were designed to only run once, while others might have been intended to run longer but did not.
Help us keep the list current and accurate! Please contact us at info@iRelaunch.com to let us know about additions or corrections to the list.
And now….The List!
1) Albany Medical College, Albany, NY: Upstate New York Clinical Competency Center - Physician Reentry
12 weeks, $6,500. Customized for each physician. Ongoing.
2) American University, Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C.: Lawyer Re-Entry Program: Reconnect, Refocus, and Reclaim Your Legal Career
Six-day program over three weekends, $2500, Runs annually; 2008 – present.
3) Australian Graduate School of Management (with UBS), Kensington, Australia: Career Comeback for Professional Women Reentering the Workforce
Two-day program, free (underwritten by UBS), Ran 2007, 2008.
4) Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business, New York, NY: Opting Back In
Three-day program, $975. Ran 2008.
5) Bentley University, Waltham, MA: More Opportunities for Mothers (“MOM” Program): Helping Women Professionally Refocus, Reinvent, Reconnect.
Five three-hour sessions over 10 weeks, $450, Runs 1-2x annually; 2007 – present.
6) Center for Personalized Education for Physicians, Denver, CO: Clinical Practice Reentry Program Assessment, Preceptorship.
Fee not indicated. Ongoing.
7) Columbia Business School (with Merrill Lynch), New York, NY: Greater Returns
Three-day program, $350, Ran 2008, 2009.
8) Drexel University Medical School, Philadelphia, PA: Drexel Medicine Physician Refresher/Re-entry Course
Six-week preceptureship in clinical venues ($7,500), medical update ($7,500), online clinical skills ($8,500). All three combined ($20,000). Ongoing.
9) Harford Community College, Bel Air, MD: Computer Skills for Today’s Workforce
One full-day session, $99 + $15 fee. Ongoing.
10) Harvard Business School, Boston, MA: A New Path: Setting New Professional Directions
Six-day residential program, $6,500. Runs annually, 2006 – present.
11) Harvard Business School, Boston, MA: Charting Your Course: Discovering Working Options
Two-day program, $600. Runs annually, usually in May, 2001 – present.
12) Kellogg School of Management, Evanston, IL: Re-entering the Workforce
Two-day program, $140, includes CareerLeader assessment. Ran 2008.
13) Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN: Elevate Women: Rekindle Your Career
Three days + coaching. $650 general, $500 alum. Cancelled before it ran (2009).
14) London School of Economics (with UBS), London, England: Career Comeback for Professional Women Reentering the Workforce
Three-day program, free (underwritten by UBS). Ran 2008.
15) Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA: Career Reengineering Program
Four-day boot camp, semester long course, 10-week internship, career coaching, $15,500, Ran 2006-2012. On hold for re-evaluation.
16) William Mitchell College of Law: Planning Your Career Re-Entry: Strategies for J.D. Holders Returning to the Workforce
This half-day CLE is tailored to assist JDs who plan on re-entering the professional work force and covers preparing for interviews, writing successful resumes and cover letters, and updating your legal research skills. Free for Mitchell alumni; $25 for non-Mitchell attendees. Ran in 2011 and 2012 and is under consideration for 2013. For more information, contact Ms. Melissa Lee Wright, J.D., externship director for the Walter Mitchell Career Services office.
17) Nursing Knowledge International (Online): Return to Nursing Refresher Program
40-60 hours covering general nursing fundamentals. $350. On hold for updating.
18) Open University (Online), U.K.: Return to Science, Engineering and Technology
10-week online course, £185. Ran 2010, 2011. Not currently offered.
19) Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR: Physician Reentry Program
Two-three months, $8,000 - $10,000 per month. Ongoing, 2009 - present.
20) Pace University Law School (with Westchester Women’s Bar Association), White Plains, NY: New Directions for Attorneys Seven-day boot camp, semester long class, “externship”, Two years CLE credits, $6,000/$10,000. Runs annually, 2007 to present.
21) Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton, NJ: Pathways to Public Service: A Workshop on Re-entering the Workforce
Three-day program, free (underwritten by Woodrow Wilson). 28 alumni participated. Ran 2008, Cancelled 2009.
22) Sheffield Hallem University, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, U.K.: Return to STEM
Three-day course over three months for women interested in returning to STEM fields after a career break; 400 GBP. Ran October – December 2010.
23) Singapore Management University (with UBS): Singapore Career Comeback for Professional Women Reentering the Workforce
Two-day program, free (underwritten by UBS). Last offered 2008.
24) Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford, CA: What’s Next – A Career Reentry and Development Series
Seven weekly sessions, $695. Ran 2008.
25) Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, Hanover, NH: Back in Business: Invest in Your Return
11-day residential program over three weekends, $6,950 (partially underwritten by corporate sponsors). 73 people completed program. Average age 47. Ran 2006, 2007, 2008.
26) University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business, Berkeley, CA: Re-entering the Business World
One-day program, $95. Ran 2006, 2007.
27) University of California San Diego Medical School, San Diego, CA: Physician Assessment and Clinical Education Program
(PACE) Length and cost varies depending on customized program. Phase I averages $9,000 for 2 days, Phase II averages $6,000 for 5 days. Ongoing, 1996 - present.
28) University of California San Francisco Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, CA: Opting Back In: Helping Attorneys Return to the Law
Run in conjunction with Ellen Ostrow, Lawyer’s Life Coach. 90-minute teleconference twice a month, $150 per month for two 90-minute calls. Ongoing.
29) University of Florida, Gainesville, FL Florida: Competency Advancement Program – Physician Reentry
Two days with final report six-eight weeks later. Post Licensure Assessment System exams, simulated patients, standardized patients. $8,500. Ongoing.
30) University of Massachusetts McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies, Boston, MA: Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy Graduate Certificate Program
Full-time, two-semester program includes evening courses, public policy case study research project and 200 hour, 10-15 hour per week internships at state, local or national government, or non-profit, think tank or lobbying group. Began 1968 at Simmons, moved 1971 to Boston College, and 1992 to UMass. $9,690, Ongoing.
31) University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Toronto, ON: Women in Transition
Two-day program, $695 CDN. Runs annually in spring, 2009 – present.
32) University of Toronto Rotman School of Management: Back to Work Program
Focused on participants' individual needs to upgrade professional skills, meet potential employers, regain confidence, and build job-related network. (No exams or grades; access to complimentary childcare); Three modules (10.5 days over three months). 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Begins September 2013
33) University of Virginia, Darden School of Business, Charlottesville, VA: Re-entering the Workforce, Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Two-day program led by Connie English, Director, Alumni Career Services, UVA. Ran 2005 (UVA - D.C.), 2006 (Boston), 2007 (at Emory and at U of Chicago), 2008 (at Yale), 2009 (at London Business School), 2010 (at Stanford). $200. Runs periodically. Next Program: 2/5 and 3/5, 2013 at UVA – D.C.
34) University of Western Ontario, Richard Ivey School of Business (with CIBC), London, ON: Reconnect: Career Renewal for Returning Professional Women
Seven-day residential program, $3,500 CDN (largely underwritten by CIBC and Ivey). Oct 1-5, Nov 5-6, 2012. Runs annually, 2008 – present.
35) University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI: Wisconsin Physician Assessment Center
No additional details: listed on a number of physician reentry program references.
36) Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA: Shifting Gears
1.5 -day program, $50, Women in career transition program for alumnae on career break. Ran 2007, 2009, 2011.
37) The Wharton School (w/ UBS) Philadelphia, PA: Career Comeback for Professional Women Reentering the Workforce
Three-day program, free (underwritten by UBS). Ran 2007, 2008.
38) Xavier University, Williams College of Business, Mason, OH: Back to Business: A Workforce Re-entry Program for Professional Women
12-day program; $1,600. Ran 2007, 2008.
1) AboutOne, WI, UT, PA: Comeback Moms Returnship Program
Begin by working one month at $15/hour to determine fit at company. After one month, intern takes permanent role as an employee. Eight interns so far – all became permanent employees but this is not guaranteed. Began 2010, ongoing.
2) American Express, U.S., Singapore, U.K.: American Express Project Resource Team. (See page 3 of on pdf document)
Internal Consulting Team for high performing employees on career break. Began 2006.
3) Bank of America Career Connections, announced November 2008 in this blog, no website.
Program to connect with mid- to senior-level professionals interested in a one to three year career break. 2008 focuses on B of A alums; 2009 focuses on non-alums also. Social events, peer coaching, development of “on-ramp” and “off-ramp” plan before leaving. Did not continue.
4) Bank of America Merrill Lynch: Returning Talent Programme (UK)
Three one-day workshops, executive coaching and access to employees and experts from Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. Twenty places available in inaugural class. Program will run June 2012. Individuals who have taken a career break of three years or more to care for family members are eligible. Offered in partnership with the Executive Coaching Consultancy, a company which already partners with Bank of America to deliver maternity coaching workshops and the Mumsnet Family Friendly Programme.
5) BBN Technologies, Cambridge, MA: Technical Relaunchers Initiative
Four three-month, paid internships at Cambridge, MA headquarters, possibly leading to permanent employment. Specifically for returning computer scientists, electrical engineers, technologists. Began 2009, did not continue.
7) Booz & Co. Adjunct Program (Old Contract Consulting pool at pre-split BAH):
Contract pool of consultants on career break. Appears to have been discontinued.
8) Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA: Physician Reentry Program
Program is customized, depending on length and reason for career break, and medical specialty. Monthly tuition. Ongoing.
9) Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati, OH: Nurses Returning to the Workforce Program
Employment opportunity with individualized on-site training. Appears to have been moved into their Continuing Education department (see link).
10) Daily Grommet, Lexington, MA: Executive in Residence Program
Four- to six-month internships that may or may not lead to permanent employment. Stipend. Began 2009, ongoing.
11) Ernst & Young, London, England: Back to Practice
One-day updating and networking program, plus ongoing recruiting. Ran in 2008.
12) General Electric, Bangalore, India: RESTART at GE John F. Welch Technology Center
Hires female technologists and engineers returning from career break at this largest of GE’s global research centers. Began 2008, ongoing.
13) Goldman Sachs, New York, NY; Jersey City, NJ; Salt Lake City, UT; Singapore; Hong Kong, China; Bangalore, India: New Directions/Returnship
New Directions: One-day updating program. Runs annually, 2006 to present.
Returnship: 10-week internships. Runs annually, 2008 to present
14) HeraHub, San Diego, CA: Experienceship
Training and mentoring program where “experiencors” assist entrepreneurs sharing workspace at HeraHub. Pilot Summer 2012. Starts Fall 2013. $10/mth.
15) Honeywell International (with Society of Women Engineers), Morristown, NJ and other locations: Honeywell Initiative for Returning Engineers (HIRE) Program
Full-time job, mentoring, Society of Women Engineers conference, coursework Ran 2008, did not continue.
16) IBM, India: Bring Her Back Program
Any woman professional with a skill-match and a maximum of three years personal sabbatical from work qualifies to be a candidate. Primarily IT positions. Full-time job, mentoring, skills updating, professional development. Began 2011.
17) IBM, India: Liquid Plus Program
Program for IBM India alums to design and develop software applications as freelancers in a “transparent, short-cycle process.” Began 2011.
18) Lehman Brothers, New York, NY, London, England, Tokyo, Japan, Hong Kong, China: Encore Program
One-day updating program, on going recruiting of ex-finance professionals on career break. Ran 2005 – 2008, when company collapsed.
19) Memorial Medical Center (non-profit Sutter Health Network), Modesto, CA: Clinical Nurse Residency Program (for the new or re-entry nurse)
Classroom/clinical updating for nurses on break who are returning to acute care setting. 16 weeks. Annual, 1995 – present. Starts March 2013.
20) Merrill Lynch (with Columbia Business School), New York, NY: Greater Returns
Three-day program, $350 (partially underwritten by Merrill Lynch), Ran 2008, 2009.
21) MetLife Investments Morristown, NJ: Metlife Take Two
One-day updating and career advice program. Ran in 2007.
22) Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Washington, D.C.: Back-to-the-Office Mom (BOM) program
Part of PwC’s Public Sector Practice, the program targets relaunchers. Began 2012.
23) Sara Lee Corporation, Downers Grove, IL: Returnships@Sara Lee
Six-month paid internship at Sara Lee’s Downers Grove, IL headquarters in accounting, finance, legal, brand management for those out of the workforce at least one year. Then evolved so returning professionals could apply directly to any open position without doing internship first. Began 2008. Program faltered when CEO Brenda Barnes, the champion of Returnships, left the firm for health reasons in 2010. Sara Lee was subsequently completely restructured and Returnships did not continue.
24) ThoughtWorks, Chicago, IL, London, England: Back to IT Training
See pages 42-44 of above link. Four-week program focusing on developing Java programming skills, competitive process; 12 accepted, four offers, three hired. Ran 2007.
25) UBS, Philadelphia, PA; Sydney, Australia; Singapore; Hong Kong, China; London, England: Career Comeback for Professional Women Reentering the Workforce
Two- or three-day program depending on location. Began 2007 in Philadelphia, PA and Sydney, Australia, 2008 in Singapore, Hong Kong, China and London, England. Ran through 2009.
At Singapore Management University
At Australian Graduate School of Management
At London School of Economics
At Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Extended Leave Programs: For existing employees who want to take a multi-year career break and return to the same firm. Mentoring, social events, on-line courses, ad hoc consulting assignments are offered depending on program. Benefits suspended except for IBM. Eligibility for some programs is performance based.
1) BDO USA, LLP: BDO offers a strong family leave policy that includes nine weeks of fully paid leave for new biological and adoptive parents, and a return-to-work program to give new parents the resources and support that they need.
2) Cisco Systems Cisco’s “Off/On Ramp” enables employees to take a 12- to 24-month unpaid break from their career, with Cisco paying for the employee’s (and employee’s family members’) benefits during the first year.
3) Deloitte Personal Pursuits 5-year Extended Leave
4) Eli Lilly three-year Dependent Care Leave Program
5) IBM Three-year Extended Leave Program: See “leave of absence”
6) KPMG myLifestyle Program offers a choice of lifestyle options, including career breaks of up to one year and paid parental leave.
8) RSM McGladrey, Chicago, IL: Flex Careers five-year extended leave program
9) Skadden, New York, NY: Side Bar Three-year Extended Leave
10) Towry Law (650 employee U.K. Wealth Management and Financial Planning firm), London, England: Return to Work
Effort to recruit women returning from career break. 22-week program working towards the Chartered Insurance Institute’s Chartered Financial Planner qualification. Began 2007.
1) American Bar Association New York, NY: Back to Business Law
Continuing legal ed and informal networking opportunities for attorneys on leave, monthly speakers series at NYC law firms, free. Ran 2006 – 2008.
2) Government of Australia, Royal College of Nursing Nurse Scholarship Program: National Nurse Re-entry Scheme
For nurses out of workforce at least five years. Scholarships are worth up to $6,000 (Australian $) each for up to two years of study in an accredited or approved Australian nursing program. Began 2008, ongoing, annual.
3) Government of Australia, Department of Health and Ageing: Bringing Nurses Back into the Workforce Program
Government Recruitment Program awarding bonuses to nurses returning to the workforce after at least one year out. Began 2008.
4) Daphne Jackson Trust (U. K. Foundation): Daphne Jackson Fellowship
Two-year flexible, paid, part-time research fellowships at universities or in industry for those on career break from SET careers. Began 1985. 200+ success stories, 96% success rate in returning fellows to SET careers. Ongoing, annual.
5) British Computer Society Women’s Forum/EU: Equalitec (E.U. funded organization to promote Gender Equality in Technology, Electronics and Communications) Get Back & Get On Career Workshops One-day workshops: a) Internet & Computing with BBC and Google, b) Health Infor-matics and Medical Imaging with Fujitsu, Kodak, and the U.K. National Health Service. Ran May 2006
6) European Molecular Biology Organization (intergovernmental organization): EMBO Long Term Fellowships for Scientific Researchers
Two-year research fellowships for those on career break from scientific research careers. Next application period Feb 11 – 15, 2013. Annual, ongoing.
7) Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association: Women in the Driver’s Seat: Automotive Career Forum for Women
One-day program for those entering or re-entering careers in retail auto industry. Ran 2006, 2007.
8) ICAEW, British Accountancy and Finance Professional Association: Updating classes, coaching, events.
Coaching by appointment, rest – ongoing.
9) ICAEW, British Accountancy and Finance Professional Association: Narrowing the Gap program for accountants in the UK
2008 to present, periodically.
10) Indie Training Fund: Free course for women returners to TV
The course is for women working in TV who have taken a career break for maternity or other reasons, or are about to do so. The course is lead by Sue Ahern and Helen Black of Creative People, who specialize in helping individuals realize their potential. Creative People recruits, trains and coaches people in the broadcasting business. Course takes place in London. Began 2011.
11) L’Oreal and U.K. Resource Center in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET): Fellowships for Women in Science
Three scholarships of £10,000 each to PhD women scientists and engineers returning to academic careers after at least a one-year break. Prize money can be used for childcare costs, to employ an assistant, or do whatever recipients feel necessary to enable them to continue with their research in a way that suits them and their lifestyles.
12) Minerva Foundation, Vancouver, British Columbia: Minerva Helping Women Work
11 hours per week for eight weeks; in-depth assessment, career advising, mentoring and recruiting assistance. $C825. Began 2004. Applications due January 2013.
13) National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL): Ready to On-Ramp Program (link is for NAWL resources, not program)
One-day program, $30 (partially underwritten by NAWL & sponsors). Ran 2007, 2008.
14) National Institutes of Health (NIH): Reentry Grants for those returning to biomedical or behavioral research careers.
Up to three years support for those returning from a career break. Must attach to existing NIH grant. Began 1992. Ongoing. See article here.
15) New York City Bar Association, New York, NY: Break from the Law
Ongoing series of events for lawyers on career break, pricing varies depending on event. 2009 – present. Offered periodically.
16) OPERATION A.B.L.E. OF GREATER Boston, Boston, MA: A.B.L.E. Midternship Program
Non-profit which helps workers age 45+ return to the workforce. Four week minimum, temporary employee who is older and under/unemployed and looking for a job.
17) Science and Technology Facilities Council (U.K. based): Post Doctoral and Advanced Fellowships – “Returners” strongly encouraged to apply.
Up to three-year grant, institutions where research will take place are encouraged to provide mentorship and updating as part of hosting grant recipient. Applications due September of each year.
18) The Nature Conservancy, Washington, D.C.: The Nature Conservancy Globe Program
Paid, 11-week summer internships for current students and recent graduates of Bachelors, Masters, or PhD programs. Age of students is not a factor nor is it relevant whether the person took a career break before beginning one of these degree programs. Began 2007, annual.
19) State Bar of Arizona is planning a re-entry program in September 2013, the first ever in Arizona. Ms. Kathleen Weber, Esq. is organizing this program. No further details were available at publication.
20) ThinkFlex, Boston, MA: ThinkFlex Internship Program
Internship Program for professionals who have been out of the workforce for at least five years, so far at two nonprofits. Each internship is unique in terms of length, compensation, and job responsibilities. Both have led to contract work following the internship. Began 2011, ongoing.
21) UK Resource Center in Science, Engineering, Technology (SET): Range of initiatives. Courses, workshops, resources for returners, 2004 – 2010.
22) Women in Capital Markets (WCM) Return to Bay Street (RTBS): WCM offers up to five annual $5,000 scholarships and paid four-month internships with BMO Capital Markets (in Toronto) to women preparing to relaunch a full-time career in the Canadian capital markets industry. Also includes a WCM mentor and 1-year WCM membership. Sponsored by BMO Capital Markets Equity through Education program. January 18, 2013 application deadline for 2013 award.
ABOUT IRELAUNCH: iRelaunch’s Comprehensive List of Career Reentry Programs Worldwide is compiled by Carol Fishman Cohen and Vivian Steir Rabin, co-authors of career reentry strategy book Back on the Career Track: A Guide for Stay-at-Home Moms Who Want to Return to Work, and the co-found¬ers of iRelaunch. iRelaunch "the Return to Work Experts®" provides career reentry programming for employers, universities, organizations and individuals. iRelaunch’s signature event, the iRelaunch Return to Work Conference, is the only large scale gathering of high caliber professionals seeking to return to work after intentional career breaks and the employers interested in meeting and recruiting them. It is not a career fair, but a day of intensive education about career reentry strategy in a university setting. Employer sponsors include Accenture, Bloomberg, Capital One, Ernst & Young, Goldman Sachs, McKinsey, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Morgan Stanley, PIMCO, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Staples, Sun Life Financial, Wellington Management, and more. See www.returntoworkconference.com for details. Cohen and Rabin have presented their career reentry strategies to over 9,300 people at more than 140 events, nationally and abroad, since 2006. Both graduates of Harvard Business School, Cohen, a mother of four, and Rabin, a mother of five, resumed their careers after multi-year career breaks. Cohen's return to work is documented in a Harvard Business School case study. Cohen, Rabin, Back on the Career Track and iRelaunch are regularly featured in the national press.
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