UK return-to-work success stories

It can be inspiring and reassuring to read about other women who have made a successful return to work after a long break. These role models show that it is possible to find a fulfilling role, even when you’ve been out of the workforce for many years, and illustrate the variety of paths that you can take.

Click on the following headings to read the return-to-work stories of women like you:


We are continually building our bank of UK success stories so do check back for new additions. If you have a success story to share, please email us at

… and here are a few returners stories from other sites:

Return to scientific research – Professor Dame Carol Robinson (8 year break)

Career change via Strategic Volunteering in charity  (

Back to Banking after 14 year break (

Returning to Banking after own business (

Investment analyst to entrepreneur (7 year break)

Daphne Jackson Fellows’ Stories – returning to science including Dr Margaret Rayman (17 year break) and Dr Gillian Forrester

Accountant to bestselling author (11 year break)

Do also look at the stories collected by iRelaunch in the US, which inspired us to create a UK version.