Tak­ing a ca­reer break

Travel Bulletin - - CAREERS -

It’s prob­a­bly safe to say that many peo­ple dream of tak­ing an ex­tended pe­riod of time off from their ca­reer but in re­al­ity few peo­ple do. Is it be­cause it’s deemed as po­ten­tial ca­reer sui­cide? Or, is it just sim­ply im­prac­ti­cal from an em­ployer per­spec­tive? Per­haps it’s a lit­tle of both, but what­ever the case may be, there’s some ev­i­dence to sug­gest that nowa­days some em­ploy­ers are em­brac­ing the idea that ca­reer breaks can be a good thing and are willing to con­tem­plate such re­quests. A word of cau­tion how­ever be­fore you ap­proach your em­ployer and an­nounce bon voy­age and still ex­pect to have a job upon your re­turn, con­sider the mo­ti­va­tions and merit to your re­quest for a ca­reer break and some of the un­in­tended con­se­quences. Vol­un­teer work, a pop­u­lar ca­reer break op­tion, typ­i­cally leads to new per­spec­tives on life which is a good thing for you but how does all this trans­late to a ben­e­fit for your em­ployer? Why should they give you the time off for this? It’s dif­fi­cult to see why, how­ever the an­swer may be down to set­ting ex­pec­ta­tions up front. You’ll need to con­vince your em­ployer that time away means you’ll be back and able to share your ex­pe­ri­ences whilst away in some mean­ing­ful way that will gen­er­ate value. What new skills will be added to your tool­box that you can bring back to your role? Trans­lat­ing your ca­reer break into a busi­ness ben­e­fit will fun­da­men­tally in­flu­ence the de­ci­sion mak­ing to sup­port your re­quest.

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