When four talented women joined Investec in essential roles in some of our fastest-growing business areas they stepped into influential positions in teams working at the heart of our entrepreneurial culture.
Like all of our people, these women came from different backgrounds and have different professional skills – we actively recruit people with fresh ideas that can bring energy to Investec and help us drive the business forward.
However, what united them is that they each joined us after a career break of more than two years. In some cases, it was their first position in more than a decade.
‘Those returning [to work] bring back an even wider skillset and personal learnings that increase their value-add and foster a climate of diverse thinking.’
The Investec Return to Work Programme is a six-month scheme that consists of real responsibility, mentoring, and learning opportunities, with a view to a permanent job offer. It is open to male and female applicants. Throughout the scheme, candidates can receive coaching from our partner Women Returners as well as receiving a range of health and wellbeing benefits.
“We’re delighted that these high-performing women have decided to re-join the workforce with us,” says Mel Punch, head of careers. “We were very impressed with the standard of applications, which was incredibly strong. We always look for people who bring different life experiences to our work and have a passion for what they do.”
Barbara-Ann King, chief commercial officer within the Wealth & Investment business at Investec, highlights the value that those returning to work can add: “We are proud to embrace the reality that women take breaks from professional careers for a myriad of reasons and we consider it a positive attribute.
“In a world that strives for sustainability and a truly diverse workforce, we must endorse this principle if we are to protect the many years and capital spent developing skills. Those returning bring back with them an even wider skillset and personal learnings that increase their value-add and foster a climate of diverse thinking.”
Research shows that just under half of all women who take career breaks want to return to work specifically for personal fulfilment and enjoyment – it’s not just about gaining a salary. But it can be a challenge for anyone to start something new.
With this in mind, we asked Rebecca Chaffelson, an in-house psychologist at Investec – who is on-hand to support all of our employees – to tell us more about how to make the most of new career opportunities this year.
1. In the right role, what are the psychological benefits of having a job you enjoy?
Rebecca: Meaningful and enjoyable work is known to have a multitude of benefits, from improved well-being and enhanced social status to increased access to resources, personal development and a greater sense of autonomy.
In an extensive survey with women who were returning to the workforce, 43% cited the enjoyment and satisfaction they derive from their careers as an important reason to return to the workplace after a career break.