The Career Returners initiative empowers professional women who are ready to return to work by connecting them with real roles within participating organisations and coaching them through the transition.

The program incorporates group coaching, and the possibility to secure permanent employment. We can also offer tailored one to one coaching and advice to ensure you and your marketing material are presented in the best possible light.

The Career Returners Story

In 2016, Serendis Leadership Consulting facilitated the first cross-industry return to work initiative to be offered in Australia. We achieved great success in placing a cohort of high quality individuals within the Financial Services industry. Since then, we have been expanding the program into other industries.

We are seeking applicants who have had a career break and are preparing to re-engage with a corporate role. We know from our previous experience that some of you may be hesitant to approach recruiters or apply directly for roles so this program provides a transition back to work.

Who Should Apply?

  • Eligible candidates who have a minimum of 12+ years of quality corporate experience and are looking to return after 2+ years out of the corporate sector.
  • Candidates who are keen to reengage in a meaningful career in a flexible way. Flexible working has come a long way in the last few years, many potential candidates have found the attitudes and openness of the organisations we work with to be fresh and surprising on this front.

What kind of companies do we partner with?

  • Organisations looking to replenish the pipeline of women and men with diverse experience in their company and industry.
  • Organisations that understand the value of the high-calibre and untapped talent pool in the market so are willing to hire based on potential, strengths and transferable skill sets.

What's in it for the Returners?

  • A chance to rebuild professional confidence and networks.
  • An opportunity to hone their value proposition through building a peer network and access to leadership training and coaching support.
  • Introductions to a range of potential employers through the extensive network of Serendis contacts and corporate partners.

Program Structure

Joining the Career Returner Program is a no cost to participant 3 Step approach. For participants who want to invest further, there are 2 optional, additional steps.

STEP 1 - Learn more about the Program and submit an application

Join an informal 30 minute webinar with Julie Thompson, Program Leader to hear more about the Career Returner Program initiative and have your initial questions answered to help determine your interest in taking part

Webinar dates:

Register for one of the above calls by emailing Julie Thompson with your preferred date

N.B: You will need to have access to a computer or smart device with internet access

If after the webinar you decide you would like to take part, you will need to submit an application to be formally considered. This step requires you to share some details about your background and your preferred next role including a copy of your CV. Your application will then be reviewed to determine if we believe we can help you. In order to ensure we can give you the right level of support, we restrict our accepted applications to approximately 10 per month.

Apply by emailing your CV to Julie Thompson
(We suggest you join an information webinar before applying)

Any received applications are screened during the first week of each month. You will receive a phone call the following week letting you know the outcome of your application.

STEP 2 - Join a half day Induction Workshop

Participate in an Induction Workshop where you will have the opportunity to meet a selection of representatives from Serendis and other career returners. Refine your value proposition and identify your career objectives based on strengths based activities. Develop critical skills associated with networking and forming positive initial impressions when meeting potential employers.

2019 Induction Workshop dates:

STEP 3 - Attend a Career Returner Program Networking Event

Come and hear from a selection of our Corporate Partners about their business and why bringing in more senior women is a critical part of their success strategy. Learn about developments across a range of industries topics and hear from people similar to yourselves who have secured employment through the program.

Events typically take the form of a panel discussion, audience Q&A and informal networking over a 2 hour period.

2019 Networking Events will be held in the following months:

Optional Additional Step:

STEP 4 - Participate in a Group Workshop to develop your marketing collateral, your confidence and your knowledge of contemporary work practices

Develop an impactful CV and LinkedIn Profile

Build your confidence to present your best self at interview

Learn about contemporary work practices and industry trends

These 2.5 hour workshops are self-funded and cost $250 per workshop per person.

Email Julie Thompson to register

STEP 5 - Engage an executive coach to accelerate the above process and move towards your next role more quickly

Identify your core motivators and the impact that you want to have in your next role (Your Why)

Identify your strengths, your values, your attributes and your preferred working environment (Your How)

Identify your preferred career options and associated actions, your value proposition in relation to each of these options (Your What) and update your marketing collateral (your CV and LinkedIn profile) to bring your value to life.

3 x 90 minute coaching sessions are self-funded and cost $1200 per person.

Email Julie Thompson to obtain further information.

Becoming connected to potential employers

Once a participant has formally joined the program, they will be connected with potential employers through a number of channels, including networking events, informal introductions and formal applications for relevant vacancies. Before any interviews with corporate partners the candidates will be provided with 1:1 support. Once placed in a role, candidates will be provided with 3 group transitional coaching sessions to help ensure they achieve desired results.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • We see a gap, an unmet need in the market.
  • This work sits at the heart of what we do best and we believe it's important to provide a pathway for Career Returners.

Career Returners is a completely different approach, we are flipping the regular recruitment process upside down. We will start by seeking out high quality candidates and then match them with corporations who will value their skills, experience and potential.

We are not recruiting for specific roles, rather we are working to find candidates with a gap in their resume and broad sets of critical experiences.

Serendis is working closely with a number of corporations to work through which parts of their businesses are focussed on increasing the number of experienced women in to their business. We have several partners wanting to be involved.

The Career Returners program is seeking candidates with 12+ years of strong, high quality professional experience. We are happy to consider any candidate with more experience than that. The program aims to place women in professional, management and leadership roles. We are looking for candidates with a background in financial services, asset management, property, engineering, telecommunications, legal, project and program management, consulting, finance and front office/sales. However, if your experience set is in a different area to this, we are open to considering your application and will work with you to uncover where you might fit within our program.
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