She's Back is an essential read for anyone looking to return to work after a break. I wish I had read it during my maternity break years ago, as I certainly would have taken a longer term view to some of the decisions I made then with regards to my career. The book is truthful, I came away with practical ideas to follow up on and it is also reflective. It is an extremely thought provoking read, as the authors challenge the reader to question what it is they really want from work, to consider all options and to think through decisions carefully. I work with postnatal mothers, and this is a book I will be pulling themes from to discuss with them, and in addition will be using it in my own career decisions too.
This is a fantastic book. Although it’s targeted at returning women, it is filled with practical, helpful tips for anyone who has had a career break. The authors have woven in real life stories from women who have returned to work. These are brilliant because they are so varied, relatable and inspiring. They aren’t just stories of ‘women who have it all’; they show the ups and downs that go alongside returning to work. There is an excellent chapter on ‘Staying Back’ which I think is very important (and often overlooked - I’m a Career Coach so it is something I often see clients find difficult). Once you’ve gone back to work, the first few months can feel tough while you and your family adjust. This chapter prepares you for this and helps you realise it is normal to find the first few months hard going (but that it will get easier). Another favourite part of the book for me is a handy ‘Other Resources’ section. This means I now have a list of useful books to add to my reading list.
My type of book - the style avoids any kids of bush beating or walking on eggshells. It cuts to the heart of issues with no apologies or sentimentality. For change to happen it needs this kind of bold, brash and unforgiving celebration of all women have to offer. Essential reading for any HRD/COO/CEO
Interviewing to return to the world of permanent work after 10years out with my children and this book has been brilliant. Well written, insightful and perfect prep for how best to sell my new skills and time out as a positive instead of apologising for it. A must read for anyone in the same position!
She's Back distils everything you need to do/think about/prepare for and engage in when looking to return to work. Practical and inspiring, it is an easy read full of practical tips. Having read it I approached a potential employer with more confidence and knowledge that I had something to offer. They not only crafted a job to suit my skills and experience, but also agreed to a four day week based at home. Lend it your friends and make sure your teenage daughters understand how to stay in the game for the future.
A long over-due practical guide for anyone who is taking a career break for any reason. Deb khan and Lisa Unwin have nailed the issues we all face and made it real, personable and easy to read. No hocus pocus in this book just great advice based around authentic life stories. Something we can all relate to and learn from.
Practical, positive, warm, honest and a story of hope. Some great contributions from people in the know. It’s not a panacea for the problem (we need headhunters and hiring managers to have a mindset shift too) but the next best thing.
Great book, great advice. The graphics are clear and make for easy reading, and this is a book you can pick up, read a bit and come back to later with ease. This is a must-have manual and I highly recommend giving it a go.
At a time where this topic couldn’t be any more current; through a very genuine and warm narrative, this book is honest, extremely well written and insightful. It is an essential guide for anyone wanting to return to the workplace following a break and provides, inspiration, guidance and very helpful tips.