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As International Women’s Day approaches we get expert tips on how women can forge ahead in the workplace post pandemic


MONDAY is International Women’s Day – celebrating their achievements around the world.

But over the past year, for many it has been a feat just to stay in work.

The pandemic means vacancy counts in the top 20 female-dominated occupations have fallen three times faster than in traditionally male sectors, and research from career network LinkedIn finds two in five women feel their progress has fallen back.

Many have then been further sidelined by homeschooling duties.

LinkedIn senior director Janine Chamberlin says: “Women have had a tough time. As well as jobs being vulnerable, many have taken extra responsibilities at home.

“This is on top of an ‘entitlement gap’ holding women back from the pay increases and promotions.”

But successes abound.

Lauren O’Donnell quit her job as a social media boss at banking group HSBC just over a year ago, to launch plant-based breakfast pots firm Oatsu with help from business network Enterprise Nation.

Lauren, 29, of Mill Hill, North London, says: “I’d say to other women with a business idea, to get out there, be bold and back yourself – you do a dis-service to the people who need your product or service if you don’t.

“Starting a business from scratch has boosted my confidence.

“I love how much variety I have in my day. I’m in the kitchen preparing orders, helping a customer, solving a problem or making new connections.”

Here are some tips from experts on how women can forge ahead.

Career advice

LINKEDIN senior director Janine Chamberlin has this careers advice . . . 

ENTERPRISE NATION founder Emma Jones says this about women starting a business.

Learning curve

IF you’re a parent who has been homeschooling, could you teach in a classroom for real?

As children finally head back to school, recruitment specialists Get Into Teaching have launched a campaign to find new teachers.

Each year the profession needs around 35,000 trainees.

Once qualified, the minimum starting salary is between £24,000 and £30,000 depending on location.

Roger Pope from Get Into Teaching said: “After a year like no other, it is understandable that many people are now looking for a career that allows them to give something back to society and forge a career path they find more rewarding.”

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AT SCHOOL but unclear on your future career?

Why not consider a T Level?

Designed with leading businesses and employers, the qualifications, launched last September, are two-year courses combining classroom learning and an industry placement of at least 45 days.

T Levels are aimed at 16-year-olds who have just completed their GCSEs and are looking at getting into skilled employment.

They are a great progression route if you want to do an apprenticeship or go on to higher study.

Jennifer Coupland, chief exec at the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, said: “T Levels sit alongside apprenticeships and are equivalent to three A Levels.”

One of the first to take a T Level is Daisy Croxford, 17, from Portsmouth, who started on the education and childcare course at Havant and South Downs College in September.

She said: “I hope I can show people a new option which may be better suited to them, compared to other courses that don’t offer you a chance to experience working.”

Rehires can be answer

MANY firms ban any hiring of former staff – but it can save time and money.

Here Rhiannon Staples, corporate culture expert at people management platform Hibob, explains why it can work.


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