How it all started
Back in 2005 we - Emma Stewart and Karen Mattison, colleagues and mothers - had a Eureka moment.
Just like us, our friends had left work to look after their kids, and like us they were finding it tough getting back to work in a role that suited both their professional skills and their new family life.
We realised women in similar shoes needed help with a few things: figuring out what they wanted from work, finding part time job opportunities, regaining their confidence and demonstrating their talents. They also needed help selling their skills to employers and highlighting that their break from work was no bad thing!
Women Like Us was born – and we’ve thrived!
We offer down to earth career support for women with children, from qualified career coaches. Women can access advice in the form of free online advice packs, or face-to-face workshops in London. We’ve learned that women can help each other hugely by sharing their experiences, so we also offer spaces for them to do this in online forums and by posting video stories.
Part time job opportunities
From the start, we wanted to give women better access to high quality part time jobs, where mid to senior level skills are appreciated. In 2012, we launched Timewise Jobs, a specialist online job-search service. And then in 2014, we added Timewise.co.uk, a consultancy service for employers, encouraging them to see the benefits of hiring people on a flexible basis. All our business come together under the Timewise Foundation, a social business that aims to develop the part time jobs market, so that everyone can find work that fits with their other responsibilities.
Leading the debate
Emma Stewart MBE is now a thought-leader on women’s working issues, engaging with policy makers, opinion formers and funders to seek new initiatives improving the future for working women.
Karen Mattison MBE, co-founder of Women Like Us, also works to transform the UK employment market. Karen heads up Timewise Jobs, talking with employers in all sorts of businesses about flexible recruitment as a way of getting and keeping hold of talented employees.
Both are regular public speakers who are committed to getting the voices of women like us heard.