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Priyanka’s Story: STEM ReCharge Programme


Priyanka Bondre (4 year career break) 

“The STEM ReCharge programme gave me a confidence boost to resume my professional journey. I am enrolled in a Data Engineer bootcamp and thrilled to reskill and re-enter the workforce!”

Priyanka Bondre took part in the first STEM ReCharge cohort in May this year and her experience is reflective of many returners. In 2019, she left her job in India to join her husband in the UK and then took an extended career break to care for their young daughter. But despite a bachelor’s degree in computer science, an MBA in IT Management and more than 10 years’ experience in IT, Priyanka still found it difficult to get back into the workplace.

Priyanka realised that keeping her skills up to date would be essential and during her career break she gained the ‘Google Cloud Certified Cloud Digital Leader’ certificate and an ongoing ‘Microsoft Data Engineer’ Skills bootcamp.

With her daughter starting school in September, STEM ReCharge came at just the right time and was the boost she needed. “It has been wonderful to be a part of the STEM Recharge programme!” Boosted by the programme Priyanka now has an updated CV and is applying for data analyst/engineer roles.