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Back to Work Digital

Back to Work is a specialized learning program for women who are returning to the labour market.

50% of the Winter 2021 graduates landed roles within 3 months of completing the program.

The program is delivered online with both instructor led and self-directed learning as well as personal coaching. This program is for individuals who prefer a convenient and flexible learning schedule.

About the program

Participants gain practical insights on business culture, hiring practices, leadership and career goal-setting to increase confidence and resiliency.

You will make connections with Executives, HR Professionals, Instructors, Coaches and Mentors who will provide you with real-life support and advice.

You will have the opportunity this fall to meet and connect with successful alumnae of the program who are passionate about supporting women like you, ready to relaunch their careers.

Our engaged partners TD, EllisDon, Accenture, and Canso Investment Counsel Ltd are looking to hire women from this program.

Start your Back to Work journey today. Choose your starting point below*

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Want to learn more about the program?

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Ready to relaunch your career?

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*For women with at least a university/college degree and 5 years of work experience who are planning to return to their career after an absence of more than 6 months.

Program fee

$3,950 + HST You will recoup this fee within 1- 2 months of landing a role. Scholarships are available.

Program dates and details

Program Dates

January - March 2022, followed by Facilitated Peer Coaching Sessions from April - June 2022 

Interactive Online Sessions will take place from 12:30 - 3:30 pm EDT. Dates to be confirmed shortly.

Dates Themes


  • Pre-Program:

  • Preprogram Networking Session
  • Module 1:

  • Welcome and Overview
  • Strength Finder
  • Resume Building
  • LinkedIn Profile & Use
  • Your Personal Brand Redefined
  • *Alumni Panel
  • *Recruiting and Hiring Trends Panel
  • Intra Module:

  • *Networking Session
  • Resume Coaching
  • LinkedIn Challenge
  • Module 2:

  • Project Topics Description and Commitment Working in Teams
  • Professional Communication: Emails & Presentations
  • Virtual Presence
  • Conducting Informational Interviews
  • LinkedIn Usage
  • Intra Module:

  • Project Group
  • LinkedIn Challenge (Cont'd)
  • Employer Information Sessions
  • Networking Session
  • Module 3:

  • Project Group
  • LinkedIn Challenge (Cont'd)
  • Employer Information Sessions
  • Networking Session
  • Project Presentations to Industry Experts
  • Behavioral Interviewing
  • Negotiating
  • First 100 Days
  • Super Connections
  • Wrap-up
  • Post Program:

  • Peer Facilitated Coaching

Who should attend

Application Deadline:

September 6th, 2021.

Applications are currently being accepted.

Applicants will be accepted in the order that they apply until the program is full. We encourage you to apply early as spaces are limited.

Who Should Attend

To participate in the Back to Work Program, candidates must have:

  • 5+ years professional work experience
  • Been absent from the paid workforce for more than 6 months
  • Proven business acumen and relationship-building skills
  • University Degree or College Diploma
  • Flexibility, adaptability, self-starter with sound judgment and learning agility
  • The ability to work independently with effective time management, and verbal and written communication skills

Applicant Selection

Eligible applicants will be invited for a 20-minute in-person or online video interview. Each application is reviewed by Rotman’s admissions committee to ensure suitability of participants.  Admissions preference will be given to women with undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees and professional designations.

Participant Notification

Applicants are reviewed on a rolling admission basis. The application process will close once the program is full. If space is available and eligibility requirements are met, participants will receive a request for an interview within 10 days of their completed application.   

Faculty and Instructors

Academic Director, Dr. Beatrix Dart, professor of strategy at the Rotman School of Management and Executive Director of the Initiative for Women in Business has developed this program with the insights of 10 years of delivering the Back to Work Campus program.

Other instructors are industry experts bringing their knowledge of the hidden job market and specific tools to gain access to you.

Beatrix DartBeatrix Dart >>
Academic Director, Back to Work
Executive Director, Initiative for Women in Business
Professor, Strategic Management and Faculty-at-Large

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Career Transition Consultant, Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge


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Career Consultant
Rotman School of Management


Photo of Maja Djikic Maja Djikic >>
Associate Professor of Organizational Behaviour & HR Management
Director, Self-Development Lab


Photo of Rocca Morra Hodge Rocca Morra Hodge >>
Director, Career Services, Executive MBA Programs, Rotman School of Management


Photo of Meena Kaila Meena Kaila-Gambhir >>
Senior Career Consultant, Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge


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Founder & President, Authentic Leaders Edge


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LinkedIn Consultant, Anita Windisman Consulting


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Principal, Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge

Fees and payment

Program Fee

$3,950* + HST


  • Tuition
  • All program materials and supplies
  • Completion certificate


A $500 deposit is required within two (2) weeks of receipt of offer. The balance is required 30 days after receipt of invoice or 30 days prior to the start of the Program, whichever is earliest.

Payments may be made online. Applicants will be directed to a secure online payment website after completing the form.

Alumni Discount

Rotman's Initiative for Women in Business participants and Rotman MBA / EMBA alumni are eligible for a 10% of discount. Cannot be applied simultaneously with any other fee reductions.

Cancellation Policy

Please review our application policies for cancellation information.

Tax Information: Non-Work Related Training

If the Program is not being taken for employment reasons, any discounts are taxable benefits to the individual participant and should be included on the individual’s tax return.

Technical requirements

Technical Requirements

This program will be delivered over Zoom and requires access to this platform. This program requires:

Testimonial from Anjalee Budhan on the Back to Work program:

Have a question?

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Initiative for Women in Business
Rotman School of Management


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The Back to Work Program has been approved for 49 continuing professional development hours under section A of the continuing Professional Development Log of the Human Resources Professionals Associations (HRPA™)