How to re-enter finance after an extended leave

June 8, 2020

By Malia Politzer, Financial Management

People take career breaks for many reasons: To raise children, care for ailing relatives, manage their own health issues, or even explore personal growth opportunities (think travel and volunteer work).

Regardless of why an accounting or finance professional temporarily leaves the workforce, figuring out how to re-engage after a long break can feel like a daunting task.

“People who have taken an extended leave can often feel a real loss of professional confidence, as they may feel that their skills or knowledge are somewhat outdated,” said Karen Danker, a UK-based return-to-work expert and the head of coaching for the organisation Women Returners. “What we’ve found is that with the right strategy and support, they can overcome these barriers very quickly.”

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