“When Investec asked me to share my experiences of the Return to Work programme I initially said ‘no’. But, that’s for a positive reason – I’m treated like any other member of the team and work without the tag of a ‘returner’. I sometimes forget that I came here after a long career break.
“However, I wanted to show people that you can find a position and be treated as an equal after a career break and share my experience with people thinking of making the same move.
“A friend recommended the Return to Work programme to me because I wanted to progress my career after five-and-a-half years spent raising my children. It was something I’d spoken about and I took the view that ‘you don’t know if you don’t try’.
“Before I took a career break I worked for a technology company that supported clients in financial services, so I had experience in the industry.
“When I interviewed at Investec they matched me to a team and took my skills into consideration. I’m now working in the tech team that supports bankers working on quantitative strategies for corporates. In my current role I make sure the different technical systems the bank has in place are communicating information with each other.
“Learning about the core functions of those systems is a challenge but it’s also my favourite part.
Investec launched its Return to Work programme in January 2020. Find out more here or read our article on the psychology of returning to work and other stories about working life at Investec.