*Back on the Career Track: Strategies for STEM Re-Entry after a Career Break

Carol Fishman-Cohen
SWE Advance
67 Minutes


Female engineers and technologists who take career breaks for care-taking or personal reasons may not know where to begin when they are ready to return to work; getting clarity on career goals, regaining technical skills and knowledge, and invigorating dormant networks  can feel overwhelming and sometimes insurmountable. This web session will present top strategies for returning to the workforce after a career break with a special emphasis on technical relaunchers. 

By the end of this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify steps to best position yourself to return to work successfully
  2. Employ effective language for responding to difficult questions typically asked of relaunchers
  3. See examples of specific courses that  were most effective for successful technical relaunchers


Carol Fishman Cohen, Chair and Co-founder of iRelaunch, is a pioneer in the career re-entry space, having presented over 400 times on career reentry topics, including her popular TED talk "How to get back to work after a career break," which has nearly 2 million views and is translated into 30 languages. She is author of 2012's Harvard Business Review seminal article "The 40-Year-Old Intern," and co-author of 2007's "Bible" of career re-entry "Back on the Career Track."  Cohen and the iRelaunch team run the iRelaunch Return to Work Conferences and work with over 60 global companies on career re-entry programs, primarily involving mid-career internships. iRelaunch co-leads the STEM Re-entry Task Force with SWE, in which over 300 “relaunchers” have participated in 20 company programs, and 85% have been hired. Carol is a relauncher herself, having returned to work in 2001 to Bain Capital after an 11 year career break.

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