Whether taking a step back to be a parent, providing care and assistance for a loved one, or pursuing a different path, taking a break from work is common but somehow still considered a taboo. According to a recent LinkedIn survey, 62% of employees have taken a break at some point in their professional career, and over 35% would like to take a career break in the future. That’s why Synopsys is trying to change the stigma for individuals with resume gaps, tapping into an extensive pool of technically skilled candidates who are often left behind yet severely motivated.
Spearheaded by our Customer Success Group (CSG) in the United States, the Synopsys Re-Ignite Your Aspiration (RIYA) Returnship program is designed to empower those with backgrounds in electrical engineering, software engineering, computer engineering, computer science, and more who have experience in EDA tools, VLSI CAD algorithms, integrated circuits, and RTL-to-GDSII design flow and methodology. Once accepted, participants are given the opportunity to be part of an applications engineering team with the possibility of full-time employment upon completion of the program.
The immersive four- to six-month program gives participants a chance to refresh and update their skillsets with the support and tools to reintegrate into today’s high-tech workplace. In addition, the program acts as a launchpad to meet individuals from similar backgrounds, offering participants with access to an assigned mentor and a chance to network with Synopsys leaders in their field.
To give readers an insider view into the Synopsys RIYA Returnship experience, we spoke with three participants to learn more about their experience, how the program has helped increase their self-confidence, and how they are challenging the status quo.