Seventeen women from across Australia have earned a place in an innovative program to support their efforts to return to the media sector.
In partnership with the Google News Initiative, the Relaunch Project aims to empower participants through one-on-one mentoring and workshops on topics including leadership, industry innovation, new technology and personal development.
We asked four of the cohort to answer this question: What is your advice for women thinking about applying for the Relaunch Project?
The Relaunch Project has been the biggest gift – it’s part professional development, part industry insight and a full-blown cheer squad.
And the mentoring, WOW!
Returning after kiddo one was tough.
At times, I felt out of touch, my brain was scrambled with home and work priorities and I was desperate to get some runs on the board to remind myself and others that I still knew what I was doing.
Returning after kiddo two has been totally different because of the Relaunch Project.
I’m more focused, confident and comfortable.
If you qualify for this program, lucky you. Do it!
I have had three children in four-and-a-half years and that has meant a lot of time away from journalism.
At the moment my days are structured around kindergarten runs for my older two and breastfeeding a baby.
It’s easy to start doubting myself as a journalist when I’m not doing it. Am I good enough? Have I forgotten everything?
Meeting other women in similar and also very different circumstances through this project has boosted my confidence.
My advice for those considering applying for this program is that it could help you think through your challenges and face change with more self-belief.
You will be prompted to analyse your skills and articulate your strengths.
You will be advised on returning to work, negotiating pay and pitching yourself to prospective employers.
The highlights of the program for me have been meeting this year’s participants and getting to know my mentor.
I am so thankful to have an experienced journalist sharing her time and wisdom.
Go for it! Being a part of the Relaunch Project has been an incredible experience, and so much more than I could have hoped for going into it.
We’ve had access to a range of experts across many fields, who have helped empower, inspire, teach, and guide us.
We’ve heard frank and open conversations from strong women sharing their struggles and successes.
We’ve heard from business leaders providing us with valued advice.
We’ve learned from strategic thinkers who’ve given us the tools we need to navigate what can be a challenging transition back into the workforce.
And beyond that, we’ve created a wonderful community of smart, resilient, passionate women, who can now call upon each other for support and strength into the future.
Wherever you’re at in your career, there is no doubt you will benefit from being a part of the Relaunch Project.
I hesitated, looked at the application and closed it many times.
I wasn’t sure if I was the right fit to be ‘relaunched’, but I’m so glad I went for it and grateful to those behind this fantastic initiative for the opportunity.
From the very first session, I knew I was on this journey with a fabulous group of women, all at different stages in their careers, but like me, ready to grow, challenge themselves and build each other up along the way!
In addition to the stellar cohort, you also get access to some of the most brilliant and inspirational minds in the industry who will each leave you with practical advice and wisdom that stays with you and magically propels you in all aspects of your life.
As we near the end of our program, I have moved from a place of uncertainty to one of confidence as I work towards my goals with guidance from my incredible Relaunch mentor.
The Relaunch Project has helped drive this shift, so … just do it!