I recently encountered a student with a 3 year employment gap because of ill family members and their own illness. They had completed a graduate degree from a top 20 engineering school in a very in demand field of engineering 3 years ago.
In the mean time, they have been keeping themselves updated taking undergraduate and graduate courses and other training courses relevant and up to date to their field and doing volunteer and side projects with colleagues.
They have become quite discouraged and worried about their future prospects, so much so, that they are considering doing something else completely.
What can be done about such a large gap in employment history ? References that are good, what other things ? How to best address this in interview, on resume and with HR ?
I have asked about this before with another student and this has been asked here in regards to explaining employment gaps, but this gap is even larger, 3 years (which I dont think has been properly addressed here before) and has to due with multiple issues including family and personal illness, so I think this warrants a different look then questions before it.