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14: Interview with Carol Fishman Cohen

Carol Fishman Cohen:

Today I spoke with Carol Fishman Cohen, founder of iRelaunch, the leader in career reentry programming of all kinds.  iRelaunch is deeply engaged with their employer partners including: alumni career services at leading colleges and universities, professional organizations across industry, and a global community of over 36,000 people.  iRelaunch helps people, men and women, who have taken extended career breaks and are looking to reinvent themselves in the workplace. iRelaunch started in 2007 after she co-authored a book, entitled "Back on the Career Track", with Vivian Rabin.  This interview was incredible because Carol is passionate about what she's doing, she knows what she's talking about, and she's personally been on the "SAHM" side of the fence for a long period of time. In other words, she doesn't just talk the talk. She's the real deal and offers incredible insight and useful tips for anyone looking to go back to work. Listen, take notes and get ready to get real with Carol Fishman Cohen:)

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Highlights

“I did a Ted talk. It was local but got elevated to the big Ted platform and we've had over 1.5M people view the talk."

"The very first thing people have to do is figure out exactly what they want to do at this stage, post career break."

"You can't just assume that you're going back to what you did before. You should stop and do a career assessment."

"I remember the moment in my kitchen thinking, when this PTO term is over, I'm going back to work.
I don't know how I'm going to do it, I don't know anyone else who has, but I'm going back."

"If you look at the motivations for going back to work, the top one is financial."

"What do you actually mean by part-time?"
"One of our core missions is to talk to employers about why relaunchers are so great to hire."

 

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