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Monday, September 03, 2007

A New Career Model?

We've blogged before about the new trend for business schools to offer short courses to women on-ramping into the workforce after time at home to raise children. Yesterday, the Boston Globe explored this trend again in a nicely written piece, illustrating how more and more companies and business schools are jumping on board to tap this huge source of talented and willing workers. This is exactly what we would expect to see happen in the current workplace where it is a worker's market and companies are focused on recruiting and retaining top talent. Hooray!

The article focuses, obviously, on women's careers. Women, it says, take most of the career breaks - 37% of highly educated working women do so. But 24% of men do so as well - for very different (that is, unequal) reasons than women. Men typically leave work to return to school or seek another job. Women usually leave to raise children.

The article closes with a vision of the future - a world where career breaks are commonplace for both women and men, and where job flexibility is viewed at long-range rather than in terms of days or weeks. This is a world I can fully support.


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