Securing work after taking 5 years off for parental duties is quite a challenge, not only for Maeann but for most women in technology. How do they feel supported in a fast-paced environment? What makes them feel empowered, and seen?
“The first challenge was my headspace around it – I haven’t worked for 5 years, and it pushed me into some sort of emptiness. I didn’t think I could make it to any company! I’m sure a lot of women would relate to this, you feel like you must start from ground zero all over again, especially after facing the bias.”
My first interview was with Lorraine and Michael – looking back at it, I was just throwing around information, I would just freeze after every technical question, I was nervous, my confidence was low, and I had not been interviewed in a long time. The team here at Class were very accommodating, empathetic, and compassionate. They believed in me and then all of a sudden I got the job offer of my dreams. I couldn’t believe it, after months of job searching, this was it.
As a fintech company, everything is fast-paced. It is important for those restarting their career to feel connected and supported at work. How can workplaces help them tackle getting up to speed with everything?