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Around 5.6 million mothers stay at home with their children according to the U.S. Census, and for many, getting back into the workforce is a struggle.
Carol Fishman Cohen, co-founder of the career re-entry program iRelaunch told Here & Now‘s Monica Brady-Myerov that stay-at-home moms often don’t make it far in the hiring process.
“Typically they have a big gap on their resume, a number of years out of the workforce,” she said, “and hiring managers view that gap in different ways.”
Fishman-Cohen said that some hiring managers are skeptical and don’t want to make the commitment to someone who has been out of the labor market for a long period.
But some companies are beginning to offer what are known as “returnships,” full-time internships, paid and unpaid, that give moms, dads and others who have left the job market a chance to get back in.
MIT and Sarah Lee have used returnships, and Goldman Sachs recently tripled their returnship program that was started in 2008, due to its success.
Fishman-Cohen says that Goldman Sachs’ expansion is typical.
“Once companies see success stories then their whole perspective shifts about the population in general,” she said.
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