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Return to Work programme: Charlotte’s story

“I am not judged on presenteeism but by my output.”

Charlotte Blyton, a senior manager in our Tax practice talks about our Return to Work programme.

“I took maternity leave from my previous company after my children, now aged five and seven were born and then left the workforce completely.

When I went back after both children were born, I found it tricky to juggle everything, with a long commute into London. Also I did feel very nervous. Although my team were lovely and supportive, I felt that working part time and coming back after a break meant that I had to prove myself once again and that the spotlight was on me. In addition, so much had changed in the year that I had been away. That is why I decided to become a full time mum.

Last year, as my youngest child was entering school, I began considering returning to work. My first stop was attending an ICAEW comeback community event focussed on regaining your professional identity. It was at this event that I heard about Deloitte’s Return to Work programme. I was later approached by Deloitte via LinkedIn to attend an insight day about the programme. I did, and so began my journey back to work.

I had thought that I might need to take a step down, but the whole point of the programme is that it encourages you to come back at the same level. It was also great to meet other women like me, to have some support – for example, my CV was totally out of date - and just attending the insight day was inspiring and gave me a massive boost in confidence.

After a 12 week internship in tax, with a buddy and mentor to help me work out what sort of permanent role I might suit, I now work supporting Deloitte’s tax offering to clients.

I commute into London from near Reading, but I take advantage of agile working so spend some of my four days a week working from the Reading office.”

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