Return To Work Masterclass

Join Us For A Day Of workshops, Networking & Inspiration to stay relevant in your future career.


Taking a career break doesn’t have to mean career suicide. Whether you have been out of work for 6 months or 16 years, you have talents, skills, and experience that can add value. The way we work has evolved, job roles adapted, and technology progressed. Take one day out of your usual routine to develop the skills you need for your future.

Take the first steps towards your future career… whether it starts right now or in 2 years time when you have a work permit again. We will help you stay relevant and be ready for your next step!

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 7th, 8am - 3pm 

  • Morning workshop on Confidence Building and Risk Taking (run by Women’s Leadership Expert Caroline Hopkins)

  • Afternoon workshop on Online Personal Branding

  • Professional profile photos will be taken for all attendees!


Early Bird (Before October 25) - R 3,400 
Global Intern Alumni - R 2,500
Standard Ticket - R 3,899

Price includes workshops, coffee, drinks, lunch and a professional profile photo. 
(Option to pay in US dollars or by EFT in ZAR will be given on the payment site.)

Location: Rosebank, Johannesburg. Specifics will be sent to those registered.

Future of Work Panel Discussion from 3pm

Immediately after the workshops we will enjoy a lively panel discussion about how the workplace is evolving, and what we are all doing to evolve with it. This discussion is open to public and FREE to attend. (If you or your friends are only interested in the free panel discussion, please email

Sign up today If You...

  • Have taken time off career to raise children, move to a new country, care for ageing or ill relatives, volunteer, pursue a personal interest, focus your health…

  • Feel isolated or stuck.

  • Are eager to learn proven job-search strategies that work in today’s economy.

  • Are new to Joburg and exploring career opportunities.

  • Are ready to start the next phase of your career journey.

  • Have started your own side project or consultancy.

  • Run your own business, ready to network, and update your online presence.

What You Will Gain…

  • Learn online networking strategies, ways to address a career gap, and highlight the skills since leaving work.

  • Build confidence to find clients, and gain job interviews.

  • Meet inspirational people who have reinvented their career.

  • Update your CV, your career strategy and your professional photos / profile pictures,

  • Make friends with people who are reinventing themselves after leaving careers and moving countries.

You will leave with:

  • The beginnings of a personalised return to work plan.

  • Practical strategies to boost your confidence.

  • Knowledge of the top strategies to update your online profiles to showcase your unique sparkle.

  • Beautiful up to date profile images.

  • A network of likeminded kick ass women.

  • Confidence, energy and optimism!

  • And much more!



No better time than now to take a risk and move toward your future career!

Guest Lecturers

Caroline Hopkins: Head of Women’s Empowerment and Leadership Development Initiatives for Optimal

Caroline is an accomplished international trainer, facilitator and professional coach with over 25 years of experience specialising in transformational personal and professional growth.

Nine years ago, Caroline and her family moved to South Africa from the US for only two year, or so they thought. As an expat readjusting, Caroline understands how tough it is to pivot your career and identity. Nine years later they are still here and she is happy to call Joburg home.

Connect with Caroline on LinkedIn here.

Brent Spilllkin

Brent has spent the last 20 odd years discovering what makes him happy, besides architecture, driving ambulances, pickling mango achaar, distribution and redeveloping the inner city.

He has helped over 150 advertising, media, marketing, PR, digital, branding and content businesses and their owners develop, manage crisis, strategize and flourish and has clients throughout South Africa, Israel, The United Kingdom and The United States.

Spillly has written a book ‘What The Freelance – a Mini MBA for the Creative and Digital Freelancer’ that is now lectured through Vega Schools.

Connect with Spillly here.

Hannah Pirnie

Return to Work

A social entrepreneur on a mission to help women gain the skills needed to return to work. Hannah founded Translating Me, which offers career-focused training for women wanting to return to work through building digital skills and confidence.

Before moving to South Africa, Hannah spent 15 years working in professional sport supporting Professional Athletes with their own Personal Branding, and activating purposeful sponsorship campaigns. Hannah went on to win 4 national and 2 international awards for her culture change programme at Saracens, which laid the foundations for them becoming the best rugby club in the world.

In addition to Translating Me, Hannah is a digital strategist running social media accounts for small businesses with a clear purpose and facilitates in-house workshops for companies wanting to improve their internal communications and management of remote workers. Connect with Hannah here.