Varied, interesting work with global clients. The chance to manage a team. One-to-one coaching and development. That’s what’s on offer right now from EY.
The professional services organisation is currently recruiting for Reconnect, a 12-week paid programme to help people get back into work after a career break of two to 10 years. There are opportunities available in tax, accounting and financial advisory starting in September 2018.
Aimed at returners with managerial experience in professional services or a similar environment, the Reconnect programme is the perfect opportunity to revitalise your career and professional skills whilst building a network of like-minded people.
“It’s really boosted my professional confidence” – Minaxi’s story
Minaxi Arnold had taken a career break to raise a family. After a period of freelance and volunteer work she decided she wanted a role that would increase her knowledge and experience, as well as developing relationships with colleagues and clients. Now, after completing the EY Reconnect programme, she’s a manager in EY’s People Advisory Services business.
She says, “I was impressed with how EY embraces flexibility. Here having a family is not career limiting – rather the opposite! EY is aware and appreciative of my achievements, which has really boosted my confidence. These programmes ignore the gap in a person’s career history and look at an individual’s experience and skills to match them to appropriate roles.”
Initially Minaxi did have some reservations.“I didn’t think I’d get back into the work mindset having had a career break,” she says. “But actually I picked up right where I left off.” Throughout the programme she enjoyed “working, learning something new, delivering client work and winning new business.”
It wasn’t a difficult decision for Minaxi to stay on at EY after finishing the Reconnect programme.“I had enjoyed my ‘internship’ and valued being part of a growing and successful team,” she says. “I could see how my contribution counted towards our growth.”
Continuing to develop as a professional is really important to Minaxi and she’s taken up many opportunities to keep learning.
“I was invited to the New Manager training course to prepare for being a manager at EY,” she explains. “I was also picked to represent my business area on a pilot EMEIA Immersion
training course in Prague which was really invaluable. More recently, I was invited to attend my team’sBusiness Bootcamp in Berlin. There is so much valuable learning and development, it is really up to the individual to get involved and take ownership of their own learning.”
On her return to work, it didn’t take long for Minaxi to start making a real impact.“There have been a few achievements I’m proud of since returning. I recently helped UKI Recruitment to select a new Application Tracking System vendor which will be rolled out later this year. I also drafted a People Strategy for an $8 billion telecommunications company!”
And if Minaxi could go back to give a piece of advice to herself before starting the Reconnect programme?“I would tell myself to be confident in my abilities,” she says.“I was worried my skillset wouldn’t transfer into my new role but I’ve managed to continually surprise myself and would encourage anyone thinking about returning to work to do the same!”
How to apply?
If you’re thinking about re-joining the world of work and are looking for a support network to help you succeed, visit EY's page to find out more.