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Reconnect Return to Work Support Programme

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

DAC Beachcroft knows that returning to the law following a career break can be challenging.  This programme is delighted to support qualified legal professionals returning to the law to be job ready.

DAC Beachcroft is offering successful candidates career coaching and job skills training workshops and skills refresh sessions with support tailored to the legal profession.  Following completion of the Support Programme you will be strongly encouraged to apply to the Firm’s award winning Reconnect Returner Programme, a 6-month returnship across a large number of their teams with potential opportunities in Bristol, Southampton, London, Leeds, Newcastle and Manchester.  The initial 6-month returnships often lead to longer term or permanent employment.

Role Responsibility

About the Programme

This comprehensive programme will provide tailored sector specific support to address your practical and psychological barriers to returning to work.  It has been designed with key components to support you to be job-ready including:

Return to Work Coaching Modules

  • Build your professional confidence
  • Develop an optimal return to work mindset
  • Identify your key strengths

Job Skills Training Modules

  • Understand how to write a compelling CV
  • Learn how to create (or refresh) your LinkedIn profile following a career break
  • Develop interview skills and know how to prepare for an interview
  • Develop networking skills
  • Learn about flexible working and how to approach it with employers
  • Create an action plan for your return to work

ReFresh Sessions

Colleagues at DAC Beachcroft will deliver a series of interactive update sessions, to help you to refresh your knowledge and prepare you for future interviews and returning to work.  You will have the opportunity to learn from the speakers, to engage in discussion and to ask your questions.

The Ideal Candidate

Who is it for?

To be eligible for the programme, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Have been on a career break for 18 months or more (as of Oct 2023). Your career break could be for any reason.  During your career break you may have been working on a small-scale basis to fit around other commitments or not done any paid work for a number of years
  • You will be a qualified legal professional with previous experience of working in a law firm
  • You will have a strong desire to return to private practice
  • You must have the right to work in the UK

DAC Beachcroft particularly welcomes applications from returners with longer career breaks.

When and how will the programme be delivered?

The programme will start on 15 November.

The 4 x Coaching & Skills Training Workshops will be delivered weekly by Women Returners. The workshops are 90-minutes and on Zoom.

The Refresh Sessions will be delivered in January 2024 on Zoom. These sessions will be facilitated by Women Returners and delivered by DAC Beachcroft.

Successful participants will join the programme virtually as a cohort creating a supportive peer group of other returners.

What happens after the programme?

You’ll be encouraged to apply to the DAC Beachcroft Reconnect Programme offering 6-month returnship opportunities.

About the Company

What is it like to work at DAC Beachcroft?

DAC Beachcroft operates with an open, friendly, supportive and welcoming culture alongside a flexible approach to location-based working. The firm helps colleagues be their best at work, while recognising that they have a variety of different interests and commitments outside work.

Colleagues at DACB are given flexibility in how they manage their working time and location through their successful Flex Forward initiative. Under Flex Forward, where you work is agreed between you and your line manager and is driven by the nature of your role.  In addition, colleagues are given the ability to ‘glide’ their time across their week enabling colleagues to flex their hours, for example to go to the gym or walk the dog. This approach enables colleagues to create A Life That Works for them, as well as supporting their clients.

DAC Beachcroft is committed to attracting, retaining and developing people from diverse backgrounds, with a range of life experiences and perspectives. It is committed to welcoming and encouraging all colleagues, so that everyone has the same opportunity to get involved, to make a difference and to progress. Find out more here.

Applying to the Reconnect Support Programme 

Places are limited on this programme to a cohort of 10 returners.  Please apply via this advert by registering your personal details and attaching a brief cover letter and CV as one document.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 2nd November at 5pm.

If you have any questions about the programme please email Sue Jenkins .

Their commitment to you and your application

DAC Beachcroft don’t just accept your differences it celebrates them. From bespoke solutions for their clients, to treating you like an individual.  Their strength comes from your diverse ideas and bringing the whole you to work.

DAC Beachcroft also want you to be at your very best. Please feel free to share any changes they can made at any point in the process that will help support your application.

DAC Beachcroft

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