Approximately 35 percent of Darden alumnae plan to re-enter the workforce after a hiatus in the next five years, according to a 2012 survey. Many women (and men) take extended time off of work to attend to other matters — children, elderly parents, illness, charity work, etc. When they seek to return to work, they often lack professional confidence and can be intimidated by the idea of marketing themselves. Further, their professional network may have become dormant, and they feel disconnected from the current business landscape. Darden graduates can get free counseling from the Armstrong Center for Alumni Career Services. E-mail or call us at +1-434-924-4876 to schedule an appointment via phone, Skype or in person.
Here are some other resources available to help re-entering professionals:
The Armstrong Center for Alumni Career Services at Darden has created a two-part workshop to help participants answer the questions "What do I want to do?" and "How do I get what I want?" Intended outcomes include: identification and clarification of a re-entry objective, development of job search strategy, increased professional confidence and expanded professional networks. The workshop has been offered in various cities to make it convenient for women to attend the two five-hour sessions with a month between meetings. If you would like to arrange for the workshop to come to your city, please e-mail us.