FDM

Are you looking to return to work after a career break? If you are ready to restart your career and have experience in business or technology, this could be the ideal opportunity for you. Whether it has been 1 year or 20 years, our Returners Programme is dedicated to supporting professionals who have taken a career break on their journey back to work

About FDM

FDM Group is a global professional services provider focusing on IT. We have centres located across Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific, and we currently have more than 3,800 consultants working with over 200 high profile clients. Our Returners Programme facilitates the transition from a career break to the corporate world by providing award-winning training, mentoring and fast track career progression. It is an excellent way for returners to restart their careers.

As part of the programme, we will provide you with seven weeks of fully-funded comprehensive training to equip you with the skills, knowledge and confidence to continue your successful career. The training covers professional skills, project management, business analysis and Excel, with options to acquire certifications such as PRINCE2, and SCRUM Master. Once you have completed your training through one of our academies in London, Leeds or Glasgow, you will start working on exciting projects with our leading clients as a fully integrated member of their team. This role is perfect for you if you have a background in project delivery or business analysis.

The FDM Returners Programme offers you much more than just training and experience: we will also provide comprehensive support throughout. Our expert teams, many of whom are returners themselves, understand how daunting it can be when you’re looking to return after a break and will be with you every step of the way.

 

How can FDM support me as a Mum?

At FDM, our people are our passion and that’s why we make your training, personal and career growth our priority. With our industry-relevant training and continuous support, you will embark on an exciting new career in technology or business.

As part of the programme, you will receive:

  • Mentoring and networking opportunities to facilitate your transition back into business
  • Fully-funded professional business and technical training in our London, Leeds or Glasgow Academies
  • Opportunity to achieve relevant industry certifications
  • A foot in the door with one or more of our prestigious clients
  • Flexible training hours to help accommodate family commitments (9:30 am – 4:30 pm)
  • Fast-track career progression
  • A competitive starting salary

Our Culture

FDM has firmly established itself as an inclusive employer that champions diversity in the workplace, and with over 80 nationalities working together as a team, we are proud to be leading by example:

  • 31% of FDM’s global workforce is female
  • c.38% of the senior management team at FDM identify as female
  • – 9.6% median gender pay gap (UK average of 15.5% in 2020)

We have many initiatives to support and engage with our people continuously, such as wellbeing and mentoring programmes, employee networks, Consultant Peer Support and the Alumni Network to stay in touch even after leaving FDM.

At the heart of our business remains our desire to launch the careers of people from many different backgrounds. We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and we are committed to supporting and encouraging women to pursue a career in IT, which can be seen by our initiatives, partnerships and company policies:

  • FDM is part of the Home Office’s ‘Think, Act, Report’ (TAR) initiative to drive greater transparency on gender employment issues
  • The FDM everywoman in Technology Awards celebrates and rewards outstanding achievements
  • FDM has signed the TechTalent Charter, underlining our commitment to increasing diversity in the workforce
  • WomeninTech Employer Awards Female Grad Tech Employer of the Year 2019
  • FDM has been recognised as a Top 75 Employer in the Social Mobility Index 2020 for our continued commitment to social mobility during the Covid-19 pandemic

As an FDM Consultant you will become a part of the FDM family from day one and will receive support to achieve success throughout your career. You will work alongside dedicated colleagues and will have the chance to get involved in social events, employee initiatives and reward schemes.

Does this sound like the right opportunity for you? Apply now

Would you like to find out more about the programme and meet the team? – Attend an open morning

 

Case Study:

woman smiling in profile picSian Saini
Business Analyst 

Length of career break: 10 years

With a career break of ten years, Sian shares her story of returning back to the workplace and securing an exciting role in Financial Services.

What was your education and role prior to taking a career break?

From early on, I had always aspired to be a lawyer in the corporate space and with a lot of LA Law episodes under my belt, I pursued a Law degree at university. However, after graduation, I came across the Lloyds Banking Graduate Management Scheme by chance and decided to apply. It wasn’t my plan A, but I’m glad I followed my instincts as it led me to an exciting and varied career of over ten years with the organisation, where I gained a vast range of experience in Financial Services.

I worked on high-profile projects in retail and commercial banking, delivering operational improvement, business resilience programmes and transformational change projects.


Tell us more about your career break 

With a highly successful career behind me and a fantastic future outlook in the Financial Services industry, I took the decision to leave work and start a family, thinking that it would only last a few years. Before I knew it, ten years had passed by!

I found my career break fulfilling on so many levels. I explored different options in terms of starting my own business and engaging in a range of activities: from getting involved in charitable causes to running a dental practice and supporting a Barristers Chambers, as well as being heavily involved in school events.

Did you face any challenges when you decided to return to work?

Having spent a decade away from work, other than the expected battles of a ‘returner to work’, there are those other ‘soft’ battles to win, such as regaining my confidence in a very competitive world, perfecting my CV, putting together a LinkedIn profile and many more! Then there are other factors such as the competition – I had applied to a multitude of ‘Women Returning to Work’ programmes, but I had little progress and very few responses. In addition to this, Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic gave returning to work in 2020 a completely new meaning.

What was your experience during your time with FDM and re-joining the workforce?

Through FDM, I managed to secure an exciting role in Financial Services and into an area that was new to me. I can really say I was nervous and confident in equal measures. As to what I have learnt through the whole experience of preparing myself to go back into a career, is that my core skills and attributes are inherent in me and my career break has only helped me develop these further. I had to master the art of resilience, but it was worth it.

 

Alison Dewhirst
FDM Alumni 

Role on the Programme: Agile Delivery Manager 

Tell us about your background? 

I’ve had a varied career of over 25 years, working in several sectors: manufacturing, aerospace, language and education, software consultancy and finance. Throughout the years, I’ve had several career breaks to take care of my family, so FDM’s Returners Programme was perfect for me.

What’s your current role and how does it play a part in the day-to-day running of the business?  

I am currently working in the public sector as an Agile Delivery Manager. I am responsible for two Digital Transformation projects and have previously completed one on time and under budget, so that was great. I run a Scrum team and we use lots of great software to have our sprint ceremonies online while working from home. I work closely with the business to ensure we are developing exactly what they need for their digital projects and I manage the budgets as well as prioritise the work of the team.

What challenges do you face in your role and how do you overcome them?

Non-technical stakeholders can be intimidated by digital transformation, so it’s a key part of my role to be able to extract their requirements and translate them into workable user stories for my team. It’s important for me to be able to talk about budgets, roadmaps and milestones with a variety of stakeholders, from senior management through to commercial specialists and junior developers. Communication is key to keep everyone informed and ensure every team member has buy-in to the product and purpose of the project.

What is the thing you like the most about your job?

I really enjoy working with a team that are each a specialist in their field. We learn so much from each other. I had no clue about software architecture or APS integration before and it’s been a steep learning curve.

How did FDM help you get into your role?

The Returner training FDM provided was essential for the role I do, in particular, the Scrum Master certification. The client I work for is pretty new to Agile methodologies, so the FDM training was very beneficial in preparing me to become an Agile advocate.

Synne, FDM consultant three-and-a-half-year career break

With a return to London after a career break which involved a move to Singapore and an opportunity to focus on raising my three children, I decided the time was right to return to work.

Like everyone, I applied for roles and thought I’d simply pick up where I left off, so I was really surprised at how hard it was to get through to the interview stage.

I had not expected this, as I had never had a problem finding relevant employment before my break when I worked as an Investment Analyst within Asset Management.

I found out about returner programmes via women at my children’s schools and I looked into them as an option.

I learned about FDM Returners Programme when I spoke to someone from the FDM team at a conference about returners that I attended.

I successfully applied for and completed the FDM Returners Programme’ which consisted of a seven-week training course followed by a placement with a client for two years as an FDM Consultant.

I started my training in January 2017 and successfully secured my placement as an FDM Consultant in May 2017.

Being back at work has been a positive experience, but it was also quite hard to adjust to pressures at work while balancing everything at home. It’s important to be realistic, both in terms of the work you might be doing and the choices you have to make.

One of the key things I discovered is to not be afraid to ask for help. Be honest and open about the challenges you face, but at the same time be positive and look for solutions.

One of the great benefits has been to involve my husband more with our childcare needs.

When I was home, I tended to “do it all” myself, now I find that asking (and expecting) my husband to attend school events and being home earlier has been beneficial for the whole family. Sharing parenting and school commitments is important.

The best piece of advice I can share is to not feel guilty. It is also important to accept the fact that things are not always going to be perfect and there are compromises to be made.

It is about the long term perspective and I believe women can and should achieve whatever they put their mind to. We are role models to our children and to the younger men and women at work too.

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