How to return to work after a career break

How to return to work after a career break

The Covid pandemic has changed the employment landscape for thousands of people. The figures from August 2020 shows that 9.6 million jobs in the UK were furloughed under the job retention scheme. While some of these furloughed workers would have returned, others may find they haven’t got a job to go back to. This long work break may also be leading people to reassess what they actually want from their careers in the long-term.


What is a career break

Although furlough workers have been dominating news headlines, there are many other people who have taken a career break. These include:

  • Those who have taken maternity or paternity leave.
  • Covid redundancy or redundancy for other reasons.
  • Been caring for a relative or friend.
  • Suffered from an illness.
  • Taken a study period.
  • Had an extended break to travel.


Tips for returning to work

Jumping back into the deep end may feel too daunting when considering returning to work. There are ways to make the transition seem less overwhelming:

  • Part-time/flexible work – find out what options there are for this and if you can make this financially work for yourself.
  • Reach out to colleagues – if you are returning to the same job, drop your colleagues an email before you return for a catch up.
  • New routine – if you have had a baby or your circumstances have changed, practise your morning routine so you understand what needs to be done differently.
  • Speak up – if you are struggling, speak to your employer so they understand your position. If you don’t, they will assume that everything is going well.
  • Career goals – once you are back into work, it is easy to lose sight of the bigger picture. Perhaps you have moved on in your career aspirations or the reality of working for someone else doesn’t appeal, there are plenty of resources out there to get you thinking differently.


Starting your own business

If the idea of going back into employment doesn’t feel like the right decision for you, join in with the millions of Brits who have started their own business.

  • In the UK in 2018/2019 tax year, 672,890 start-ups were founded.
  • 64% of the UK workforce wants to set up a business.
  • 83% of 18 – 24 year olds dream of self-employment.
  • London, Yorkshire and West Midlands are the UK’s capitals of aspiring entrepreneurs.
  • At the start of 2020, there was an average of 18,100 searches per month in Google UK for “how to start a business” based on data from
  • Men are far more confident than women that they’llstart a business with women half as likely to  start a business than men.


What you need to know before starting a business

If you are thinking of starting your own business, there is a lot to consider. These are just some of the areas that you need to have planned for to ensure success.

  • New business ideas and thorough research.
  • Creating business plans.
  • Setting up the right legal structure.
  • Understanding your financial, accounting and tax obligations.
  • Creating a brand identity including materials such as a website and social media accounts.
  • Funding options.
  • Marketing and sales strategies.
  • Building your teams.
  • Time management, particularly if you are working full time while setting up the business.



Help to start your own business

It has always been said that 80% of new businesses fail within five years and 80% of new franchise businesses succeed in the same period. Jiggy Wrigglers is a franchise business within the children’s service sector that has been flourishing since it opened in 2008. It has since expanded into 50 areas across the UK. Jiggy Wrigglers is a child-focussed franchise with many successful female franchisees. Jiggy Wrigglers is a nationwide business, delivering fun, upbeat music and movement sessions to more than 10,000 children every month.


Start your own child-focussed business

With the pandemic leading many people to reassess how they work, Jiggy Wrigglers is offering a unique opportunity to those looking to start their own business. The ‘Investing in You’ programme is a 12 month business trial offering up to 10 people the opportunity to start a Jiggy Wrigglers business.

Trials will be available throughout the UK with particular interest in Bristol, Manchester, Liverpool, Oxford, Birmingham, Leeds, Cardiff, Swansea, Northampton, Sheffield, Newcastle, Dundee, Aberdeen, London, Peterborough, Coventry, York and Edinburgh (other locations may be considered for the right applicant).

Offering Jiggy Wrigglers classes in and around your home-town without the requirement of financial investment is a great way to give people the confidence and knowledge to run their own business or simply to get back into work.

This trial package includes all the equipment and training required to enable you to deliver exceptional music and movement sessions in a fun and stimulating environment. Training will be held online. The Jiggy Wrigglers Trial Programme is a great way to test a new business in your area and test your own abilities at the same time.

For further information about the Jiggy Wrigglers trial programme call Katie on 07966 065 643 or email



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