Upskilling Women returning to the Workforce
A fully funded online course commencing 20th October.
Rejuvenate 2020 is now fully subscribed.
Due to the high level of demand for this course,
we are currently in the process of establishing
if we can run a similar course in 2021.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
and we will record your interest.
According to the most recent Irish census data, the workforce participation rate for women aged 35 to 55 is 72% – 20% lower than for men. Significant numbers of highly educated, experienced, professional women take a career break for a variety of reasons, planning to return to the workforce when the time is right.
However, women ‘returners’ face significant obstacles when they decide to return to paid employment. Employers and recruitment agencies can be reluctant to employ people without current work experience and many women don’t make it past the CV screening process.
University College Cork, in conjunction with Taste4Success Skillnet, recognised the value of encouraging professional women to return to their careers and developed an innovative programme called Rejuvenate to support them in their quest.
Run by Dr Joanne Fearon and Caroline Seacy of UCC, Rejuvenate is a free programme funded by Taste4Success Skillnet, providing a group learning opportunity for women, helping them to explore the mechanics of returning to work, alongside some reflective activities to help plan their career progression into the future.
Do you want to return to work but worry that your skills are out of date? Do you lack the conﬁdence to apply for jobs?
Many women fear returning to the workplace, having taken time out to care for family, been made redundant, taken a career break, faced ill health or for one of a myriad of other reasons that life can throw at us.
A loss of confidence, loss of flexibility and worries about relevance of skill-sets are often cited as common reasons for women to postpone or avoid seeking a return to paid employment.
Added to this, the feeling of “out-of-dateness” is a concern for many highly skilled women.
Would you like to return to the workforce?
If so, Rejuvenate may be the course for you. It has been specifically designed to help women build their confidence again and to learn practical job hunting skills and techniques to help in their job search and subsequent re-entry into the workforce.
This fully funded course offers a small group of women the opportunity to explore the mechanics of returning to work, alongside some reflective activities to help you plan for your career progression into the future.
Date: Weekly from 20th October for 9 weeks
Time: 10am-12pm every Tuesday and Thursday morning
Venue: Online - Participants will need a computer with a good WIFI/Broadband connection
What exactly does Rejuvenate offer?
Course topics include:
Self-assessment and Training Needs Analysis, Professional Motivation
Strategies to build Conﬁdence, Resilience and Assertiveness
Professional Network Development
Mentoring and Active Career Management
Key job searching skills – CVs, Cover Letters, Interview Preparation, Working with Job Agencies
Digital Skills - SharePoint, LinkedIn, Social Media Management
Working in a Team and Balancing Work and Life
Work Placement. Each participant will be required to undertake work experience unless the participant is successful in securing employment as part of the programme.
Work placement may be:
(a) Physical work experience (subject to COVID-19 guidelines)
(b) Online work experience or
(c) A project that will be assessed
What did previous Rejuvenate participants say about the course?
The inaugural Rejuvenate course was held in Cork in Autumn 2019 and feedback from the participants was very positive.
“I got my confidence back both in myself and in my ability to re-join the workforce. I would strongly advise anyone in the position to do the Rejuvenate course to grab the opportunity with both hands”. 2019 Participant
“The Rejuvenate programme has been a hugely positive experience in my life, the support and encouragement received has been invaluable. It has given me a new lease of life and the focus and determination to build a new career. Advice on CVs, interview skills and presentations has been fantastic”. 2019 Participant
“A must for any woman who has stayed at home to mind their children, it is a journey of rediscovering your potential. An inspiring course”. 2019 Participant
See what one of last year's participants, Colette Kealy, had to say about the programme:
Radio Interview with KCLR - just click through to 42:45.
This year, due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, the course is being run fully online, enabling women from around the country to participate. We look forward to working with you all.
We would love to hear from you and to answer any queries you may have.
Please email email@example.com or contact Dr Joanne Fearon on 086 3840587 or Caroline Seacy on 086 854 1005.
Please note that there are no fees for this course as it is fully funded by Taste4Success Skillnet.
Rejuvenate 2020 is now fully subscribed but please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will record your interest in participating in a similar course in January 2021.
Funding has yet to be approved but if given the go-ahead, as soon as programme details and times have been confirmed, we will email you to let you know.
Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you.
University College Cork and Taste 4 Success Skillnet were delighted to receive the IITD Best Diversity and Inclusion Award 2020 for our Rejuvenate Programme, which recognised an outstanding and innovative initiative, focused on ensuring full access to and participation in the workplace for all.