Are you thinking about pausing your career for a bit to unwind, spend time with your family or fulfil your lifelong dream? Taking a short break from work can be daunting, especially if you do not prepare for it.

Fortunately, there are several tricks to achieve a successful career break and prevent any stress as you return to work. Here are some of the tricks we recommend you to try to help plan your career break:

Prepare Your Funds

One of the primary reasons people do not go for a career break even if they are on the verge of burnout is the financial aspect of the whole endeavour. Since you won’t be working, where will you get the funds to finance yourself during the break?

Before considering a career break, plan your budget by computing how much you will need throughout the gap and save a part of your salary. Be realistic with your savings because you may need to adjust depending on your situation.

Refresh Your Social Network

As you pursue your career, you may have left your social network alone for a while and be out of touch with the latest happenings. If you will take a break from work for a bit, make sure to reconnect with your social network and meet up with them if you can do so.

Prepare Your Re-Entry Plan

As you consider your career break, you will also need to prepare your plans for getting back to work after it. Make sure to keep your resume up-to-date and speak to your bosses about possible opportunities you can take up when you are ready to go back to work.

Keep Up To Date With Your Field To Prepare For Re-Entry

Many things can change during your break, which may throw you off course once you return to work. Make sure to stay up-to-date with the latest in your industry and see how you can improve yourself to be ready for these changes once you get back.

Don’t Be Afraid To Do Something New

It is possible that when you get back, you may not be able to go back to your old job. Don’t hesitate to start from square one and build the experience you need to land your dream job. You can also jump on something new during your break to enter other industries. For example, you can volunteer for an NGO to land into public service.

Focus On Your Goals

Don’t be afraid to take a break because you fear that you won’t achieve your goals. While true, you are putting a pause in your career. But, if you have a plan A, plan B to Z, you can achieve your dreams without worries. Focus on these goals and pursue them once you get the breather you need to refocus your mindset.

Work can get very stressful, especially if you hustle without taking any breaks. Give yourself some time to breathe and reassess yourself and your career, even with a short break. As long as you have a plan and goal to help you get back into the zone, you can achieve your career goals flawlessly.

Thinking of stepping out of the workforce for a break? Here are some more tips for you:
Take A Break!
Preparing your break
8 Tips for Reentering the Workforce After a Long Absence

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17 replies on “How to Handle Taking a Career Break

  1. While I never took a career break during my many years of teaching, I can appreciate your points. Having a solid financial plan is essential. I found your thoughts on re-entry important because many may overlook this significant transition step.

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  2. Hmm, I am on a shot break from general contracting; thinking my “re-entry plan” will be either for Jesus to return or for Him to send some angels to pick me up! 😅
    Wonder if they need anyone to do gold paving up There?
    ❤️‘🙏, c.a.

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