Today, Bank of America Merrill Lynch opens applications for its eighth UK Returning Talent programme. Individuals who have been out of work for 12 months or longer – for example, stay-at-home parents or carers, or someone who has chosen to take a career break – are invited to apply via the company's Careers site. The application closing date is 15 December 2017. The conference and workshops will take place in February 2018.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch, in partnership with the Executive Coaching Consultancy, is looking to attract individuals with a financial services background including but not limited to sales, trading, structuring and research, banking operations, technology, finance, and project and change management. The company plans to source suitable candidates from the programme to fill several London-based positions.
Following the success of earlier offerings, next year’s programme commences with a conference giving 50 participants the opportunity to explore the changing workplace and the role of the returner in this new office environment through a number of speaker sessions, panel events and workshops. Participants will also gain insight into Bank of America Merrill Lynch as a potential employer.
Twenty-five attendees will then be selected to attend two full-day workshops designed to support a transition back to work; offer practical guidance on focusing and managing a career search; provide interview skills sessions and insights into balancing work and home lives; and give access to executive coaching. There will also be opportunities for participants to start building their professional connections through a series of networking sessions with bank employees.
“We recognise that for many people, returning to work after a career break can be daunting – particularly given today’s highly regulated industry and advancements in technology,” said Neeha Khurana, international talent executive at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. “Our programme is helping people recognise that their situation is not unusual; increasingly, men and women are choosing to take a career break for a variety of reasons. During their time away, they have acquired new talents and a fresh perspective – both of which are attractive to a prospective employer. We are immensely proud that Returning Talent is helping hundreds of participants to regain their confidence, update their knowledge, and continue their careers.”
Sara Koodoruth, a 2017 Returning Talent participant who has since joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch as a compensation consultant, said: “Returning Talent was a fantastic opportunity for me to take the necessary steps towards reigniting my career after taking an extended break to raise my children. It was refreshing to meet like-minded people in a similar position to me. The workshop facilitators offered excellent advice on how to identify my transferable skills, play to my strengths and realise that taking a career break can be extremely positive.”
Six years ago, Bank of America Merrill Lynch pioneered one of the first returner programmes for experienced professionals. Since then, the programme has expanded with sessions now running in Chester and Dublin. More than 300 people have taken part in this initiative, with many going on to secure roles at Bank of America Merrill Lynch or at other firms. The company’s progress in this area, as well as its ongoing commitment to develop female talent, won it the 2015 Working Mums Top Employer Award for Career Progression. Building on this achievement, Bank of America Merrill Lynch was named the World’s Best Bank for Diversity, 2016 in the Euromoney Awards for Excellence, and in March this year, the company further pledged its commitment to diversity by signing the HMT Women in Finance Charter.
Notes to Editors:
Application Period: 9 November until 15 December 2017
Returning Talent Dates and Application Details: complete the application and attach your CV
One-day Conference: 5 February 2018, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Two-day Workshop: 21 and 23 February 2018, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
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