Visa provides thousands with skills to help return to work strong
Visa’s annual event returns to the Bay Area on August 29 and Visa employees shed light on their journey back to work
“Returning to the workforce is not without its challenges” says Anne Gadd Grandy, Senior UX Designer. “When I took time off early in my career to raise my children, potential employers felt I wasn’t serious about my job. Later, when I took time off, ageism became a challenge.”
With Visa's annual Ready to Return program, women and men are provided both inspiration and enablement with learning resources, networking opportunities and live workshops with an aim to empower. Visa places candidates with jobs and provides meaningful connections to recruitment networks to get them back in the game. Beyond job placement – Visa’s focus is on elevating these individuals and recognizing the value of their talent.
“Ready to Return helped me learn more about Visa’s culture and network. I realized what skillsets I needed to succeed,” says Kimberly Hergenrader, who, after taking time off to attend graduate school, found it challenging to break into the tech world. She participated in Ready to Return in 2017 and now serves as a Product Management Lead for Digital Products at Visa.
When Human Resources Program Manager Seema Manchanda returned to work after taking time off to prepare her young son for school, she knew she wanted to try something new that built on her data analysis experience. She met her current manager at Ready to Return, where she relayed how her data analysis skillset and experience related to her current could bring value to Visa’s HR programs. Seema’s advice: “It is important to be clear about your priorities and what you want. Invest in advancing your skills in the area you are looking to pursue.”
Skills training is important at Visa –as the company has recently supported over 600 new college graduates in specially designed onboarding boot camps and online learning paths, which provided them technology skills to jumpstart their careers at Visa. Visa CEO Al Kelly also serves on the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, a 25-member advisory committee led by the White House and the U.S. Department of Commerce that seeks to advise the Administration on ways the private sector and educational institutions can combat the ongoing skills crisis. In addition to its CEO’s participation on the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, Visa is one of 200 companies that signed a White House Pledge to America’s Workers to join other companies in a promise to reach more than 6.5 million workers combined.
*Source: November of 2017, the US Census commissioned a report, The Parental Gender Earnings Gap in the United States