A passion for community and equal opportunities for career returners
When asked why he first got involved, Software Engineer Quintin says: "I want to support people coming back after having left the workforce and help them become a part of the developer community."
Senior Software Engineer Anna is equally passionate about community. She has been involved in various initiatives around the thriving Manchester tech community and feels encouraged to continue giving back. "TechReturners offer a great opportunity for returners to learn and try new technologies and methodologies in a safe environment. I totally support this approach and believe that it can accelerate anyone’s career. Therefore, I wanted to be part of it."
Her colleague Ioana shares this passion and sees real value in creating equal opportunities for everyone: "Diversity, equality and inclusion are very important to us at Zuhlke. We recognise that talent comes in various forms and the different experiences shape people as human beings and make them unique. And every small difference in perspective is valuable as it can play a part in creating a better whole."
Despite the recognised benefits of a more diverse workforce, candidates from non-traditional career paths sometimes face challenges early on in the hiring process: "Too often, the CV screening process is biased against career gaps. Years of the industry filtering candidates based on a timeline created a habit of judgement and prejudice. Evaluating someone in this way means that they may miss out on job opportunities where hiring teams are more focused on efficiency rather than the human aspects", Ioana explains.
For her, supporting the TechReturners initiative means pioneering a better way of empowering people who deserve fair opportunities.