advice for your career break

What is a career break?

Essentially, a career break is a time in your life when you put aside your career to pursue your personal passions and interests.  While it can mean time for you to make a change in your life and figure out a new career direction, it often means just putting your career aside completely for a brief time.  A career break can last as short as one month, but can last for up to a year or more.  For most, it lasts 3-6 months.

People often use the terms sabbatical or gap year to describe what they are doing. But, a career break implies that you already have a career and are going to be returning to it in some form or fashion.  We prefer the term career break because it is more precise in its description of what the person is doing and why they are doing it. The term sabbatical is often too closely associated with religious or academic meanings to apply to the working professional.  And, gap year is often too closely associated with students just leaving their undergraduate studies.

So, if you already have a career and just want to get away from it for a while to focus on your interests, the career break might be just what you’ve been looking for.

Planning your career break

Tips and advice for planning your career break. Deciding where to go, how to prepare, planning your route (or how to just keep it open!), and deciding what activities you want to experience. advice for planning>

Budgeting your career break

The biggest concern people have when considering a career break is “how will I pay for it?”. In this section we give you tips and tools for planning your career break, at any budget level. advice for budgeting>

Getting off the road

One of the most challenging parts of your experience will be deciding when and how to come back. This section has tips for how to “re-enter” and resume your life off the road. advice for getting off the road>

Things to know

In addition to the above, there are other considerations when embarking on world travel. This section will help you identify things to know and plan for. advice for world travel>

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