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Returning to STEM
Returning to STEM

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1 What this course can offer you

Getting back to work after a career break is rather like the popular children’s game Snakes and Ladders (Figure 1): some of the help (ladders) and challenges (snakes) you encounter are predictable but others arrive when you least expect them.

Snakes and ladders
Figure 1 Snakes and ladders

Here are some of the difficulties (‘snakes’) that you might encounter – have you thought about, or come across, any of these?

  • no family living nearby to help out
  • suitable STEM jobs are all too far away
  • my skills are out of date
  • I can’t get a nursery place for my child
  • my partner works away
  • I’ve been out of the country for too long
  • I’ve lost contact with all my old colleagues
  • I don’t know what’s going on in my industry sector any more
  • my CV is outdated and full of gaps.

And what about ‘ladders’? What and who could help you return?

  • an old school friend works in a well-known company – I’ll ask her for help
  • I’ve seen an advert for an internship on our community website
  • I’ve found an online course which will update my skills
  • I’ve got loads of voluntary work experience
  • I’m excited about going back to work and being a professional again
  • I’m ambitious and want to get on with my career again
  • I’m still in touch with my old boss
  • my friend has offered to pick up the kids twice a week.