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Returners to Work

Returners to Work

Please note we are not currently accepting applications for the Returners Program. Please check again at a later date for opportunities available.

Life at FDM

Our Returners Program is specifically designed to bridge the gap between taking a career break and re-entering the workplace.

How It Works

  • Apply to the FDM Returners Program.
  • Train, upskill and refresh your résumé with FDM’s tailored training for returners.
  • Work on-site with FDM’s prestigious clients for a minimum of two years in a full time position.
  • Excel as you make a smooth transition back into the corporate world.

Why FDM

We equip you with:

  • Training customized for upskilling experienced returners in current systems and processes.
  • Résumé workshops and interview coaching.
  • Ongoing career support and professional development.
  • Two+ years of experience working with our clients, getting your foot back in the door of the corporate world.

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Supporting Your Progression

FDM has a number of programs in place to continuously support and engage our people:

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Consultant Peer Support (CPS) Program

The CPS Program ensures that when a new consultant is placed on-site, they are connected with a more senior FDM consultant already working with that client to help ease their transition. These CPS ambassadors provide the guidance needed to help you get settled, connect with fellow FDMers in the area and prepare for your new role on-site.

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Mentoring Program

The Mentoring Program brings together individuals at all levels of their career journey, from management to new starters. It provides you with the opportunity to build relationships and network within FDM’s wider community by linking our consultants, alumni, trainees, internal staff and clients together.

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Alumni Network

FDM has launched the careers of thousands of people who make up our alumni network of talented individuals. We regularly interact and engage with our alumni community, giving past and present FDMers a network from which to build relationships, learn from others and explore opportunities with people who have had similar career experiences.

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Jennifer Holmes, Head of the Returners Program:

The Returners Program is there to help professionals, predominantly women but also men, to get back into the workplace.

Lana Sidorova, FDM Returner:

The major thing that the trainer did for me was really the boost of my confidence.

Neha Agarwal, FDM Returner:

It felt good that you’re not alone. There are other people who are in the same position as you are.

Rachel Chen, FDM Returner:

When I found out that I was placed I felt really excited.

Lana Sidorova, FDM Returner:

I felt exhilarated. I felt like I was doing the right thing and all my efforts were paid off. I knew I was back in the game. I knew from there I would be just going forward.

Neha Agarwal, FDM Returner:

It’s almost 2 years since I’ve taken a break and then got a placement. I was just on top of the world.

Sheila Marriott, FDM Consultant

I was – I felt like crying. I was so overwhelmed actually, but I can’t believe it was a right role, what I wanted to do.

Yesim Shenoy, FDM Returner:

The advice I’d give to returners to work is that it’s normal to be apprehensive. Don’t let that hold you back, just go for it. There are people here to help you, that’s what they’re for. They’re absolutely superb and you’re not on your own.

Rachel Chen, FDM Returner:

I cannot wait to start.

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Please note we are not currently accepting applications for the Returners Program. Please check again at a later date for opportunities available.

Career Opportunities

The Returners Program consists of a special training pathway that refreshes existing knowledge and builds upon previous leadership and management experience. This program will prepare you for roles within project support or project management, business analysis or risk, regulation and compliance teams, depending on past experience and client needs.

As a Business Analyst, you will work with a wide range of people across the business, identifying areas of improvement and finding solutions. You will be responsible for capturing business requirements and develop a detailed understanding of processes surrounding them while contributing to the creation of business cases.

Within risk, regulation and compliance teams, you would be responsible for assessing third party risk, performance, compliance and ongoing monitoring. You would do this by providing internal stakeholders and third parties with guidance on following all aspects of the third party risk program, ensure all due diligence steps are performed and all applicable policies and procedures followed.

FDM Project Support Officers and Project Managers work with clients on the planning, management and control of key projects. These roles could involve project risk planning, critical path analysis, stakeholder management and reporting and the utilization of Agile project delivery methods.

Please note we are not currently accepting applications for the Returners Program. Please check again at a later date for opportunities available.

Application Criteria

We are looking for:

  • Experienced individuals (5+ years) looking to return to work after an extended career break of a year or more.
  • Previous experience in business analysis, project support or project management.
  • A strong aptitude and interest in business.
  • The ability to commit to two years working as an FDM consultant following completion of the training period.
  • Individuals who are able to work in a full time role.

View our Returners Brochure

Testimonials

“I was thrilled when I was accepted into FDM’s Returners Program. I had not realized how much my confidence had been crushed prior to returning. The program really helped me to change that and sharing the experience with other returners was inspiring. I feel proud of what I have managed to achieve with the help of FDM. The returners in the program are a group of remarkable people who have so much to offer and contribute.”

Suzanne Lowe, FDM Business Consultant placed at Save the Children

“I took a break for several years to look after my son when my husband suddenly passed away. Initially I was scared and nervous starting the FDM Returners Program, but with each passing week I felt increasingly more confident and self-assured. The training was relevant and challenging, with supportive trainers and a great group of peers. I feel incredibly lucky to be a returner. FDM has given me a second chance to further develop a successful career.“

Petra Sanderson, FDM Business Consultant placed at BP International Ltd.

“The Returners Program helped me to find what I wanted to do and provided me with a path to get there. I found each week of training rewarding and all the trainers were extremely supportive. FDM really helped me get back to work, giving me the confidence to continue my career after taking a break to raise my family.”

Helen Van der Straaten, FDM Business Consultant placed at News UK

“Initially I had hesitations applying to FDM’s Returners Program as I didn’t know if I had the relevant skills to return after my gap in the tech industry. Nevertheless, I decided to apply. The training was very beneficial to help me learn new skills and brush up on my old ones. All these experiences as a whole have helped me to build my confidence and have reinstated my decision to return to work in tech.”

Helga Gonsalves FDM Business Consultant placed at The Home Office