If you can’t take a sabbatical now…
If your company won’t grant you a sabbatical but you’re in dire need of a break, maybe consider going on a career break. Sure, unemployment is scary, but if you know exactly how you’ll be making use of your time, the “adult gap year” can be very fulfilling. Which is exactly what Sheila Melbye, 34, found out.
“I was 30 when I took a career break. It wasn’t a conscious decision and at first it was only supposed to be a short holiday from work, but that trip just led to more trips. It was however a very welcomed break and it gave me the time to think about what a ‘career’ means to me.
My career break lasted a year and I think it’s a good idea if you have the financial means for it. At times, it can affect you when other people call you ‘jobless’, and sometimes your wallet feels the pinch. But the year away helped put into perspective what I want out of my life and my career. It’s a liberating experience as now I don’t feel the need to live up to what society defines as successful.” After a year of adventures, she returned to the workforce with a new role in a similar industry.