Are you a woman looking to restart your career in technology following a gap in employment?

Rashi Khosla, CEO & Founder, MARS Solutions Group

My career is rooted in technology roles. I worked in corporate IT for 11 years and had a successful career ranging from being an individual contributor or IT Manager to an Enterprise Architect. I was happy with my career and the money I made; however, I realized that I would have to give a lot more of myself to reach my full potential to keep climbing the corporate ladder.

After having my first child, I was challenged with finding work-life harmony. The lack of having a flexible path for career growth left me feeling underutilized. This was no fault of the corporate leadership but mine in not bringing my voice to the table, in finding contentment in status quo, and in thinking the men around me that were climbing the ladder a lot faster as more deserving than me.

I realized that I could enjoy a flexible, work-life balance as well as the fulfillment of running a successful company by starting one myself.

Unexpectedly and largely unplanned, I found the flexibility, the joy, and the challenge I was seeking in entrepreneurship through founding MARS Solutions Group.

Over the last few years, I’ve dedicated my career in running a staffing agency with a focus on technology. I found myself naturally acting as a career counselor and coach to over dozens of women in their journey back to work. I owned their returnships as my passion projects, spending hours in coaching, resume building, guiding, and leading to a 100% success rate. This allowed me to learn the process hands-on and I knew that I wanted to formalize and scale this success.

Years forward, I am extremely happy and grateful to launch MARS Returnship.

We all know talented friends, family, and ex-colleagues who have taken time out of the workforce for care-giving reasons. MARS Returnship enables organizations to reach out to this hard-to-target group and to provide them with a supportive fast-track back to a suitable-level role. Our employer partners consistently tell us that they are blown away by the quality of returner applications and many are now making returner programs part of their regular annual recruitment!

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