Vodafone is hosting a ReConnect Event at the Vodafone Headquarters in Newbury on Monday 5th March, following from the success of the ReConnect Event in Manchester in November.
The Vodafone ReConnect programme is designed to attract talented people who have left the workplace (in many cases to raise a family or care for an elderly relative) who would like to return to work on a full-time or flexible basis but are struggling to make the professional connections needed or refresh the skills required.
Date: Monday 5th March 2018
Time: 12pm until 5.30pm
Location: Vodafone House, The Connection, Newbury, RG14 2FN
The day will consist of a careers fair with a variety of companies offering vacancies of different levels. As well as Vodafone, confirmed employers include West Berkshire Council, Monster and Reed. Attendees will be able to talk with employees about specific roles and their companies in general, as well as sign up for vacancy updates.
Alongside the careers fair, there will be a number of workshops available, from Interview Skills to Rocking your LinkedIn Profile run by LinkedIn themselves. There will also be the opportunity to get a free professional photograph taken for your profile. Bring your CV and get some professional advice on how to spruce it up in our CV drop-ins.
At 4pm, we will be hearing from Tamara Lohan MBE, founder and owner of luxury travel company Mr & Mrs Smith. Tamara will be speaking about her building her career and company alongside her personal life. Afterwards, there will be an informal networking session for all attendees and employers.
Karin Meurk-Harvey is one ReConnecter who has already benefited from the programme. Karin, who is now Head of IoT Commercial in Vodafone Group Enterprise, said: “On my first day [at Vodafone], I had a senior HR business partner meet me in the lobby - and they were with me the whole day. That felt like coming home.”
She added: “My personal circumstances changed. I became a single mother, and at the time I had a job where I travelled a lot. I was responsible for a region and I realised things needed to change because I had relatively small children at home. So, I decided to leave the corporate world and start my own consultancy business, where I had more flexible working hours and didn’t have to travel. After a time, my personal life stabilised. My children were a little bit older and I felt ready to go back to work, to work for a big enterprise again."
To find out more about the ReConnect programme, visit here