Linda Hamilton has joined our Northern team as an administrator after taking part in our returners programme ‘Welcome Back’, which helps people back in to the work place after a career break…
Tell us a bit about your background Linda…
My previous career was in Facilities Management, I worked in this area for a total of 31 years doing various roles within the industry.
How long was your career break and for what reason?
The reason for my career break was that I took voluntary redundancy and made the decision to take time for family commitments, travel, and to do some home improvements and generally just have time out.
I didn’t intend to have such a big break (approximately 9 years in total), but I did some voluntary work and some web -based training during that time to keep my mind active, I also did some market research (mystery shopping) all in preparation for one day returning back to employment.
How did you find the Welcome Back Programme?
On the Welcome Back Programme I took on the role of Site Administrator (part time). I have been given all the training I needed and had plenty of help settling in by pretty much everybody.
I took part in a Women Returners Workshop and enjoyed learning more about myself while meeting some lovely people who I am still in touch with. It was great to hear their experiences, support each other and share our journey back into the workplace.
How did the Welcome Back Programme help you?
The Welcome Back Programme has given me the opportunity to get back into the work place and build my confidence. I now realise how much I missed working, the programme came at the right time for me as I couldn’t see a route back into the workplace after such a long break.
Tell us a bit about your role?
I am now a site administrator and I am continuing to learn and enjoy becoming part of the Willmott Dixon family. Having worked for one company most of my working life, I didn’t think I would find a company with the same commitment and values but luckily I have.
What advice would you give anyone who is thinking about applying for our Welcome Back Programme?
I would advise anybody who is thinking about getting back into work after a break to just go for it, yes it’s a bit daunting after a career break, but take the challenge, take it a day at a time you will be surprised how much your confidence will grow, you will get plenty of support, just enjoy it.