How a Newly Single Mom Found Her Way Back to a Career

How a Newly Single Mom Found Her Way Back to a Career
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This post features the voice of Jessica Mercado, senior associate graphic designer at Workday. As a graduate of the Returnship Program, Mercado shares her perspective as an ex-military spouse and single mom who found her way back to a career in the professional workforce.

Not long ago, I was a military wife, moving from base to base with my then-husband’s deployments. I’d left my career in creative services to raise my two girls. With my husband serving deployments overseas, I was the sole caregiver at home. It wasn’t feasible for me to hold down a job, let alone a career, and be the mother I wanted to be for my daughters.

In 2016, I separated from my husband and moved back to California to be closer to my family. I had a seven-year gap on my resume. But I knew I just needed to find the right support and opportunity. Here’s my story of how I found my way back to my career through the Workday Returnship Program (part of Opportunity Onramps®). 

The Early Years

After graduating from college with an art degree, I started working at a small family entertainment franchise headquartered in the Bay Area. My boss

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