Tell me about PepsiCo. How did the company offer a pathway back despite a break on your resume?
PepsiCo’s Ready to Return program caught my attention. After an info session where I learned more about the program, I reached out, highlighting my passion for innovation. I told them that my passion lies in that fuzzy front end of product development and anticipating consumers’ needs. They were more than happy to talk to me, and I got the job!
What exciting projects are you working on now?
Currently, I’m doing a special assignment as an interim Innovation Manager, focusing on forecasting innovative products with our supply chain and collaborating with key customers, while a colleague is on maternity leave. This is my third role here so far. PepsiCo creates space for associates to explore a variety of roles and opportunities.
What advice would you give people who are ready to return to work?
Returning to work is like going on auditions. Developing resilience is important. My advice: Find your people. Make sure you have a supportive network that can pull you up and cheer you on.