Career Breaks Are Great, But How Do You Do Them Successfully?


Career breaks are a great way to chop up your working life into more enjoyable chunks, allowing you to complete projects you wouldn’t otherwise be able to do. However, getting it right is a challenge. Once you start taking breaks longer than – say, three months – you may start to lose some of the skills that you’ve built up over the years. Your relationships with people in your industry also begin to change, and you might lose some of the closeness. 

So, given that people regularly take career breaks, how do you make them successful? Let’s take a look. 


Get Your Re-Entry Plan Sorted

Before you take a long career break, you’ll want to sort out your re-entry program. The idea here is to make it relatively easy for you to slip back into what you were doing before without too much fuss. 

But how do you do this, we hear you ask? Well, as it turns out, it very much depends on your industry. Some companies offer a return to work support program which allows people to get back to their regular job with minimal fuss. In other industries, you’ll want to prove your value before you leave so that people look forward to your return. You may also want to speak to people in your network about long-term roles with them if you have the opportunity to do so. 


Be Proud Of Your Resume Gaps

Companies are obsessed with resume gaps – long periods in your career history where you don’t appear to be working. For some hiring managers, they’re a cause for concern. 

However, resume gaps are actually a sign that you’re willing to take risks and do something different from everyone else. Most workers will simply work for the entirety of their working lives without any significant breaks, and then only do “life stuff” once they retire. But doing something valuable during the time you take off can actually help to boost your value to employers in the long term. 


Save As Much Money As You Can

You don’t want to go into a career break, worrying about money. Instead, it should be a time when you’re simply free to pursue the things that you want. That’s why it’s a good idea to take the time you need to save as much money as you can. 

Many people get the idea to go on a career break and simply rush into it, like there’s no tomorrow. But that’s a recipe for stress and potentially financial problems in the future. The best career breaks are those that you can fund solely out of passive income. 


Improve Your Professional Profile

If possible, use your experiences to improve your professional profile. Ideally, a career break should provide you with job-related skills which you can then use to assist the companies who later hire you. You can also take time off to simply work on yourself in ways that will allow you to become more productive. So, for instance, improving your health and lifestyle. 



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