If you’re a Mum looking for a way back into work after a career break, an internship could be just the ticket. An increasing number of companies are offering return-to-work internships to help ease mothers in their 40s and 50s back to work. According to Women Returners, the number of mums on an internship has doubled since 2014. These paid schemes normally last about 12 weeks and around half of the interns go on to take up a full-time position. Internships for returning mums are the ideal way to test out the concept of working again, and indeed to rebuild confidence which many woman lose. If you’d like to dip your toes into the world of work before going back in full-time, an internship, or one of the following opportunities might be right for you.
- Charity Work. Charities always need help from bright, well qualified people and the vast majority are run very professionally. They will be glad of your accountancy or business marketing skills.
- School Committees. Schools couldn’t put on the huge number of events that they do without parental involvement. Get involved in Sports Day or the Annual Fair to test out your budgeting or proof reading acumen.
- Freelancing. If you’re not quite brave enough to take on an internship, there are many agencies out there who are always keen to have good writers or lawyers, for example, on their books.