The Women’s Podcast: Returning to the workforce, like a boss

Also in this episode: ‘Slow at Work’, with Aoife McElwain

A large number of countries - Ireland included - ‘have failed to reap the returns on a pool of highly educated and skilled women’. Photograph: Getty Images

A large number of countries - Ireland included - ‘have failed to reap the returns on a pool of highly educated and skilled women’. Photograph: Getty Images

 

Data shows that up to the age of about 30, women keep pace with men in the workforce. After that a hefty gap opens up, with just 64 per cent of women working compared to 70 per cent of men.

A World Economic Forum report from 2015 found that a large number of countries - Ireland included - “have failed to reap the returns on a pool of highly educated and skilled women”.

On the latest episode of the Women’s Podcast, Kathy Sheridan was joined by Karin Lanigan, the Manager of Career Development and Recruitment Services for Chartered Accountants Ireland and Elaine Russell, career coach with Women Returners Ireland, to discuss why that is and how returning to work after a career break can be made better for women.

In the second part of the show, Jennifer Ryan speaks to Aoife McElwain about her book Slow at Work, which is packed full of advice on how to deal with things like imposter syndrome, your annoying inner critic and burnout.

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