Natalie Bickford: Women are struggling to re-enter the world of work

Published 25th September 2015

My husband and I had dinner with friends recently. The three other ladies there were mothers who had taken 10- to 15-year breaks from their careers to bring up their children. Nothing particularly unusual to this story perhaps. What is interesting, however, is that all three are keen to re-enter the world of work, but none of these highly qualified, experienced professionals are sure how to go about it.

Many of my friends are in similar situations, having followed a familiar track: university, graduate position, climb career ladder, have first child and return to work part-time, have second child and ‘retire’. Admittedly they have been in the fortunate position to have partners whose own career success has allowed them to make the choice to stay at home.

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