Time out of the industry? UBS wants you

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UBS is following in Lehman's footsteps and helping people who've spent time changing nappies or strolling the Himalayas back into the exciting world of work.

The Swiss bank has teamed up with the London School of Economics' Executive Education arm to launch 'UBS Career Comeback', a three-day programme to be held at the LSE in mid-March.

To qualify for attendance, interested parties will need to have spent anything from 18 months to seven years out of action, and to hold at least a degree, and preferably a Masters-level qualification. There's no need to have worked in finance, although it helps.

In the words of UBS, attendees will be treated to:

· Important business updates from leading professors in finance,

marketing, technology and strategy.

· Professional one-to-one coaching.

· An overview of the current regulatory environment.

· Development of a personal action plan for re-entering the


Unfortunately, at the end of the programme there's absolutely no guarantee of a job at the Swiss bank (which has been making redundancies), but nor is landing a new job entirely out of the question. Following a similar event at Wharton, UBS hired four out of 60 attendees.

Mona Lau, global head of diversity at UBS, says the bank's running the programme partly because it doesn't want to see good talent go to waste: "It's an incredible waste to let this talent segment go and we want to do the right thing and help them back."

Interested parties should apply by clicking here before 15 February. Competition for places on the free programme is liable to be fierce (although nowhere near as fierce as for graduate programmes), with at the last count 80 applications already in for just 50 places.