Despite having a BSC in Computer Science, MSC in Information Systems, Mphil in Research and 7 years in academic research, a career break meant that Connie’s job applications didn’t make it past the first round through standard recruitment channels. Her skills were viewed as ‘outdated’ in an industry that was fast moving and she was quickly losing faith that she would ever get back to the industry that she loved. Thankfully Connie saw and applied for the BAE STEM Returners programme who recognised her impressive qualifications and skills. In a skill short industry they were only to pleased to welcome her back! Here is her story:
Why did you approach STEM Returners?
An advert popped up online when I had almost given up hope of ever finding a job remotely related to my degrees and experience. IT is a fast-moving industry sector, a long career break and not so up-to-date buzzwords on my CV didn’t lead to interviews, it just wouldn’t get past CV keyword filters. Then the online advert of the STEM Returners programme revived my hopes and prospects. They were looking for STEM degrees, previous experience and people with career breaks, it was a relief that this part of demographic was finally getting noticed!
How did STEM Returners help?
STEM Returners were working with employers that were willing to look at this particular part of the workforce and tap into the talent pool that had been underutilised. It was the opportunity I needed for my prior skills and experience to be recognised over my career break.
What was the end result?
After registering with STEM Returners for 3 months I had a first interview and was offered a temporary 12-week position with BAE Systems in New Malden. Getting back to work was exciting and the team I was placed in were very friendly and supportive. I picked up speed during this time and was offered a permanent position in the team at the end of that trial period.
How has this changed your career?
This opportunity has brought me back on the career path from where I left off. My career gap in IT was hard to bridge over and the Returner programme made it happen.
Would you recommend the programme?
Yes, to both individuals and employers. It is time to think differently about all of those skills that are currently being underutilised!