JERSEY CITY, N.J. — The decision to take time off from work to raise a family or care for a loved one can be difficult , and finding employment again years later can be even more challenging.
But now, many parents and caregivers are finding hope through returnships, temporary positions with the possibility of future full-time employment.
Path Forward is a nonprofit organization that works with more than 35 companies across the country to help these women and men restart their careers.
"I was definitely nervous but I was so excited," said Stephanie Sullivan, a working mom who took time off after her second daughter was born. "My family was ready. It was just the right time."
Stephanie landed a 16-week returnship with Verisk, a data analytics company in Jersey City. That returnship lead to a full-time position.
Opportunities range from tech and finance to human resources and marketing. Salaries vary depending on position and location but can range anywhere from $25 to $60 an hour with full-time salaries from $85,000 to $100,000 or more.
"This is a highly experienced and educated workforce and companies know that they can't just overlook it and not take advantage," said Tami Forman, executive director of Path Forward.