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Returning To Work After a Career Break

18 Jan 2019
Katrin Shearer


Nowadays, taking a career break is becoming more and more common. However, returning to work after a career break can be unnerving and daunting, especially in accountancy practice as it is constantly evolving in response to new technologies and regulations. Read on for some tips and advice on how to ease the transition.

Keeping Up To Date

If you are a member of a professional accountancy body, make sure that your professional membership is up to date, by attending courses and networking events. For example, ICAS and ACCA provide their members with a wealth of online resources and CPD courses which can be completed from home.

Finding the Right Role

Many organisations are now realising the value which qualified returners can bring with their wealth of professional and life experience, which is why they are offering tailor made roles for such individuals.

But you need to find a role that suits you the best for which there are several career pathways you can pursue such as public or private practice, professional services, industry and freelancing. It is very important that you research various organisations to identify the pattern of on job training offered to employees, specific workload, accountancy specialism and flexible working which match your needs, interests and skill set. Many companies, for example the Big 4, offer schemes and programmes designed to provide returners with the support needed to re-establish their expertise a chosen sector.

Other Sources of Support

Don’t be afraid to reach out to others for advice and support. There are many organisations which can assist you in returning to work, such as:

  • Your professional body will provide you with many opportunities to attend training and complete courses to keep you up-to-date with the changing trends so that you are ready to ace tasks at work, whenever you decide to return
  • Recruitment consultancies such as Eden Scott can offer you more information about the current marketplace and job opportunities along with supporting your application.
  • Existing and new network of connections can give you the opportunity to talk to fellow returners and know more about the return to work programmes out ther
  • There are various coaching programmes that can help you build your confidence and offer useful training. For example, the Women Returners Professional Network’s coaching team of professional women, who all have returned to work after taking a career break, offer valuable support and advice.


Even though returning to work in accountancy after taking a career break can seem difficult it doesn’t have to be a difficult experience. Make sure that you take the time to plan, prepare and make an informed decision.

Good Luck and if you have any questions please feel free to get in touch on 0122465338 for an informal discussion or email at

Katrin joined the Eden Scott’s Accounting & Finance team in 2018. Katrin is a specialist recruiter in Audit & Assurance, Business Advisory, Tax and Transaction Services within practice accountancy firms and financial services. She is working extensively with both public and private practices across Scotland, supporting career moves for ambitious and talented individuals. 


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