Career Gaps, "You’re Overqualified," and Ageism: Difficult Conversations in Career Reentry

Posted in: Alumni Career Services- Aug 09, 2015 Comments Off on Career Gaps, "You’re Overqualified," and Ageism: Difficult Conversations in Career Reentry

Online Webinar
Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 12:30 – 1:30pm

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Are you planning a reentry to the workforce after being out of it for an extended period of time? Then you likely understand that navigating the networking and interviewing process is entirely different than the standard job search.

When interviewing, or simply interacting with practitioners in their targeted fields, the pain points for returning professionals usually center around how to discuss "the gap," and how to deal with veiled references to age, such as "you seem really overqualified for that role." Carol Fishman Cohen, CEO and co-founder of iRelaunch, and long-time career reentry expert, will discuss recommended language for these kinds of conversations. Carol will also interview Antoinette Wannebo (C'90), who returned to work at age 43 after 5 years out of the workforce, about the critical conversations she had as she successfully transitioned back to work.

About the Presenters:
Carol is CEO & Co-Founder of iRelaunch, the leading and most comprehensive career reentry resource for employers, universities​, professional associations ​and individuals. iRelaunch has connected with a national network of nearly 15,000 people at 200 return-to-work programs and presentations. iRelaunch's flagship event, the ​Annual iRelaunch Return-​to​-Work Conference in New York City, is the leading external source of candidates for the major Wall Street reentry internship programs.

After 8 years out of the workforce, Antoinette Wannebo returned to work as an Analyst at New York City’s Department of Parks and Recreation. Past employers include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Columbia University’s Center for Earth Science Information Network. While taking time to care for her 3 children, she authored several grants to bring STEM to her children's public school and was active on the environmental committee of her local district’s participatory budgetary process. She received a BA from Georgetown University and a Master’s in Environmental Management from Yale.

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