People take career breaks for many different reasons, but whatever the thought process, it’s important to keep your skills sharp and relevant, ready for your return to work.
There are a number of ways to stay connected to your industry.
Volunteer Look for a voluntary role within engineering and technology. You could take up a position as an ambassador in a school, or promote maths, science and technology subjects, as well as the engineering profession itself. Connecting with young and ambitious minds can be an incredibly refreshing experience.
Expand your networks Do a quick internet search for engineering and technology interest groups. You’ll be able to connect with like-minded people and discuss the latest industry developments in a relaxed environment. Check our Local Networks, which bring engineers and technicians together to network and share knowledge. You can even join an online community to start a conversation in a forum full of people in the same situation.
Broaden your knowledge Learning never stops, and if you’re taking time off work it’s the perfect opportunity to read up on areas of interest to you which you never had time for before. The IET has a huge range of resources to immerse yourself in, like case studies, articles, white papers and books.
Achieve professional recognition If professional registration is still on your to-do list, now’s probably a great time to start! It’s an important milestone for any engineer or technician because it establishes your skills and experience, and shows that you’re committed to your trade. Once you’re on the path you can make use of the IET mentoring service to help keep you on track.