Emily is the Alumni & Events Manager at a local independent school, a dynamic and busy role which demands excellent organizational and social media skills. However, Emily has not always been in paid employment. This is her first job after a 14-year career break.

Emily feels fortunate that she was able to take her career break to raise her children. In those years, she also volunteered in her community, as well as being the head of the PTA at her children’s school. Emily says: “When my term as Head of the PTA ended, I wanted to continue being busy – preferably in a paid role! – but I wasn’t sure exactly how to go about it or what my strengths were after such a long break.”

That is when she found Link UP’s ReLaunch Programme. Through the 4-part workshop Emily was able to assess her strengths and the types of roles that would work best for her. She also learned not to undersell herself and make sure that she found something that allowed her to use her skills to the best of here ability. Emily credits this programme with helping her get her job saying “I know hand on heart that I would not have pursued this role with the same confidence and assertive attitude without ReLaunch. It is honestly one of the best things I’ve ever done!”

Six months after she began her role in the school’s Development Office, she was promoted to her current post which involves organising networking events & communications for school alumni of all ages. She has thrived in her busy role and enjoyed gaining new skills such as database management and how to use social media as a work tool – she says if she can do it, anyone can!

Find out more about our upcoming ReLaunch Training & Event’s here!