I am a chartered civil engineer, and have recently had two years off work having had two children and am now looking for part time work.
During my time off I have studied a masters in construction management and have spent the last month job hunting.
I am coming to the conclusion that there can’t be a skills shortage as so few companies are interested in being flexible.
I was advised last week by a recruitment consultant to have a telephone interview and not to mention my requirements for part time employment until after the interview when she would broach the subject.
It’s as if I have to be ashamed.
I am seriously considering re-training which is devastating after so much hard work to become chartered, five years after graduating.
I think that the industry needs to be more prepared to be flexible over working hours if it is to encourage more people to begin training.
PHILIPPA LAIDLAR (M), firstname.lastname@example.org