Our sister website, Women Like Us, has an online careers service for mums who need help with returning to work, or who want to improve their career prospects. This portal aims to connect those who feel ‘locked out’ of support networks with experts from leading UK businesses, as well as professional women who want to share their expertise and work as ‘mentors’ online.
The vast majority of women in the UK are still primary carers of children in their families. Many mums feel isolated from support services and are often unable to physically attend networking events and/ or support groups because of their caring responsibilities. The Women Like Us careers portal is available across the UK and has been designed to give time-poor mothers access to an instant ‘virtual network’ of like-minded female professionals.
Everyone who logs on and registers will get free and direct access to insights from other women, with a focus on how to build a career that fits in with their family commitments. Professionals from Accenture, Microsoft and Virgin have been amongst the first to volunteer their time.
The portal is designed to help women to achieve their work-related ambitions and aspirations, and to provide a space where they can talk about and get support on the difficulties of balancing this with family.
The portal features ongoing discussions under four key headings: returning to work, childcare, managing work & family life, and job hunting. In addition, users can download a number of free advice packs under the topics of:
- Help with career direction
- Finding job opportunities
- Applying for jobs
- Working for yourself
To take part in the discussion, women simply need to provide an email address and a username. Alternatively, they can browse the site anonymously.
Women Like Us Founder Emma Stewart MBE says: “This is a breakthrough - the first-ever mass scale network for women that’s all about fitting work with family. We might be living in the twenty-first century but women still face a significant social disadvantage in terms of career progression. Until now, those with children have had no one source of information and advice to go to, to help them back to work. This will provide exactly that – plus a network of brilliant professionals who you can talk to about your career, from the comfort of your sofa. So many successful women want to ‘pay it forward’ or give something back – the Women Like Us Careers Portal harnesses that power.”
What do you think? Will you be using the Women Like Us service? Do mums (and dads who are primary carers) find it hard to access advice on flexible working and part time jobs? Please share your stories with us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. Alternatively, if you are established and happy in your career and would like to volunteer your time to help moderate the WLU portal, please let us know!