A Message from our Co-Directors
Welcome to the STEM Reentry Task Force microsite, the hub of activity for the groundbreaking return-to-work initiative started in late 2015 by the Society of Women Engineers and iRelaunch. We are proud of the growth and evolution of the Task Force, as it provides the framework, training and collaborative setting for the creation of career reentry programs at leading employers across a wide range of industry sectors.
As we enter our seventh year, we are thrilled to report that over 850 returning professionals have participated in career reentry programs launched by STEM Reentry Task Force employer partners, and 85 percent have been hired into full time roles.
The goal of the Task Force is to enable employers to diversify their mid to senior level workforce by hiring from the predominantly female pool of professionals who have taken a career break.
We still believe today what we believed in 2015; that the high caliber return-to-work talent pool is a key hiring pipeline for employers looking for mature, experienced, dedicated mid to senior level professionals, for technical roles and beyond. The career break experiences of career reentry professionals add to the perspective they bring to the workforce. The energy and enthusiasm they invest in their “relaunched” roles is palpable and noted consistently by their managers.
Career breaks are rapidly becoming normalized with the proliferation of employer career reentry programs and after career breaks became more prevalent during the Pandemic. In fact, iRelaunch’s #calloutyourbreak campaign encourages relaunchers to use LinkedIn’snew “Career Break” feature to call out their breaks, further validating the career path that includes the career break. Using the feature highlights that relaunchers are clearly eligible for the growing number of employer career reentry programs.
The resounding success of the STEM Reentry Task Force makes us even more focused on continued growth in the years to come. The work of the Task Force has literally been transformative, in that it has been critical to the institutional shift that has taken place in the way employers view career breaks.
Jen & Jennifer