Pick up where you left off

Minaxi Arnold

After taking a career break to raise her family, Minaxi did a bit of freelancing and volunteering. But she soon felt ready to invest more energy in a role where she could broaden her skills, experiences and relationships. She’s now a Manager in our People Services business thanks to the 12-week EY Reconnect programme.

Finding the right environment

“I started looking at permanent and flexible roles related to my background in consultancy. When I discovered the EY Reconnect Programme for career returners, I didn’t hesitate to apply.

“I’d sounded out EY’s reputation amongst my peers and they had lots of positive things to say. The fact that EY were championing a returners programme, as well as a number of other employee initiatives, showed that they valued their employees.

“The programme was excellent, the coaches were insightful and tailored things to our needs, while the EY sponsors were very supportive of the group.”

Learning on the job

At first, Minaxi did have some reservations. “I remember thinking ‘am I really going to be able to get back into the work mind set having had a career break?’ But actually, I did and picked up right where I left off."

“I enjoyed it all – learning skills, delivering client work and winning new business.”

The EY Reconnect programme not only offers a supportive environment while working with clients, it presents opportunities to network and experience life at the firm.

A confidence booster

“I was impressed with how EY embraces flexibility. Having a family isn’t career limiting – it’s the opposite. In the short amount of time that I have been working here, I’ve found EY to be aware and appreciative of my achievements. As a result, I’ve really grown in confidence.”  

“These programmes don’t penalise the gap in a person’s career history, but look at their experience and skills to match them to the best-fitting roles.”

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