A career break is more than just a holiday. It can be a few months’ sabbatical, a gap year, or a longer period like your first child’s pre-school years. Some people take a career break to take stock after being made redundant, retrain for a new career or take a degree or vocational course.
Your career break can give you new transferable skills. It can also help give you more experience in solving problems and using your initiative, and a better perspective on work.
- If your career break takes you overseas, you could gain new language skills and knowledge of other cultures. It also shows a level of independence and the ability to adapt to new situations.
- Running your own business means you’ll gain experience of selling, accounting, project-managing and marketing, among other things.
- If you’re taking a break to become a parent, you’ll learn more about communication, negotiation, planning and research, managing conflict and prioritisation, to name but a few.
According to the international development charity VSO which places volunteers overseas: “findings indicate that individuals who take sabbaticals or a career break in order to pursue volunteering opportunities dramatically increase their commitment and motivation in the workplace after the experience.”