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Walmart Increasing Efforts to Help Mothers Bounce Back Into Careers

By John F. Heerdink, Jr.
Research shows on an average an American woman at the age of 26 on a five-year career break loses $467,000 in her lifetime earnings. A number of working mothers in the U.S quitting their job to take care of families is 3 times more than male employees, as per reports. Hagit Katzenelson, a product manager at Walmart labs had taken a nine-year career break to be with her family taking care of a sick member and three kids. The challenge to find employment again had been painful for her. Like Hagit Katzenelson there is a number of females losing jobs, money, and opportunities due to family commitments. Walmart like an increasing amount of companies has come forward to help women bounce back in their career after the break by offering its “returnship” program. The program in partnership with Path Forward, a non-profit organization intends to place participants with career breaks and helping them rebuild their portfolio and skills. Gradually the candidates can apply for any full-time job role in Walmart. The initiative taken by Walmart last year had more than 30 women participants in a four-month paid program, after which 75% of the employees joined for a full-time position.
Bobbie Grafeld, VP of People expects to expand the program this year to 100 candidates across locations and hoping for a similar positive response she stated “will have a similar success rate and bring even more amazing, full-time, diverse technical talent to Walmart Labs.” as per reports.
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Walmart extends ‘returnship’ program aimed at helping women rejoin the workforce

Working mothers in the U.S. are three times as likely as fathers to quit their job at some point to care for their family. In an effort to help these women transition back to the workforce, many companies, including Walmart, are adding mid-career internships, known as returnships, to their recruitment..
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