A career break might sound for many like a bold move that will just never happen. Yes, it is not for everyone and for any stage in a career, but we should all start considering it.
As organizations today start paying more attention to their employees’ wellness, they are more open to different career models. As career coach Julie Bauke highlights “many people realized along the way that doing it (career) the old way sucked their souls dry and they lost a lot along the way – family, good health, adventure, etc.” This has propelled a move towards innovative professional paths.
The most important considerations when planning a career break have to do with personal finances, relationships and family. Bauke recommends asking yourself the following questions: Why is now the time for me personally to take a break? What do I want to get out of it and how will I ensure that I actually it? Do I have some idea of how and where I will reenter the next phase of my life? Am I truly ready for the possibility that I may come back a very different person than when I left in terms of my goals & interests?