Carol Fishman Cohen, CEO of iRelaunch, consults with some of the world’s largest corporations and organizations on career re-entry strategy and programming. The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) teamed up with iRelaunch to create the STEM Re-entry Task Force which provides opportunities for engineers who are interested in getting back to their technical careers after a career break.
Carol recently appeared on CNN Money and talked about the successful program at 4 minutes and 3o seconds into the following video.
Carol will be the speaker of three sessions at WE16, Oct. 28, 2016 in Philadelphia in the Career Management and Life Transitions track.
STEM Re-entry: Returning to Work in Engineering After a Career Break: Top Strategies for Success
10:00am - 11:15am
Friday, Oct 28, 2016
Are you an engineer who has been on career break and is trying to figure out how to resume your technical career? Carol Fishman Cohen, CEO of career reentry firm iRelaunch, will present the top strategies engineers should follow for a successful return, and discuss specific resources and actionable steps to take immediately.Tackle the most important part of the “relaunch process”:
- Figure out exactly what you want to do
- Learn how engineers and technologists updated technical skills to be competitive in the job market after years away
- Understand how to re-connect with people from the past and expand networks
- Get exact language for explaining the career “gap”, responding to being called “overqualified,” and suggesting a short term work opportunity as a bridge to permanent employment
STEM Re-entry: The New Job Search - What You Need to Know
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Friday, Oct 28, 2016
iRelaunch CEO Carol Fishman Cohen continues her program with this workshop that takes a deep dive into resumes, interviews, networking, and “elevator pitches.” The “new” job search includes setting up a LinkedIn profile, phone and Skype interviews, researching and connecting with employers on social media; all elements that will be brand new to the professional returning to work after years away. Understand best practices and get top advice on how to navigate this new territory post-career break.
STEM Re-entry: Relaunching Careers in Engineering: Success Stories from the STEM Re-entry Task Force
2:45pm - 3:45pm
Friday, Oct 28, 2016
Hear the compelling stories of engineers who transitioned back to engineering and technical roles through the groundbreaking initiative co-led by the Society of Women Engineers and iRelaunch – The STEM Re-entry Task Force. A panel of engineers, who have taken career breaks of varying lengths or have taken multi-year career breaks, will share how they have successfully returned to the workforce after participating in career re-entry programs at Booz Allen Hamilton, Caterpillar, Cummins, IBM, Intel, General Motors and Johnson Controls. Women rarely have the opportunity to hear from colleagues about the career path that includes a career break. For those contemplating a future career break, or who are currently on a career break, don’t miss this opportunity to learn about professional life after a career break directly from those who have experienced it.
Register now for one of Carol's sessions at WE16.swe.org.
Carol's Harvard Business Review (HBR) article “The 40-Year-Old Intern” focused on the use of the internship as a vehicle for employers to engage with experienced professionals returning from career break. It was selected an “HBR article that changed the way I think” as part of HBR’s 90th anniversary recognition of articles that made the biggest difference in readers’ and contributors’ lives. Her TED talk “How to get back to work after a career break” received over one million views within two months of its posting and has been translated into 16 languages to date. She has presented on career re-entry strategy over 200 times. Carol is a “relauncher” herself; her return to work at Bain Capital after 11 years out of the full-time workforce is documented in a Harvard Business School case study. She is the mother of 4 millennials and lives in Boston with her husband Stephen.