When the COVID-19 pandemic shook the world as we knew it, employees realised how important it is to prioritise other parts of life instead of focusing entirely on work. Some are now looking for jobs that will allow them to gain flexibility with their work schedule and get benefits they were not offered before, like health insurance, vacation leaves and pay raises. Others are even taking extended breaks from work because they want to recuperate and do their other commitments they were unable to do before. There are a few who take breaks even without a genuine need to do it.
Career breaks do not have a specific duration, and people can take them anytime. But, employers consider any career break that spans more than 6 months an extended career break. It is always recommended that employees take note of these career breaks in their resumes and explain why they did it. Failure to do so can affect their chances of getting rehired back to work.
So, is it ok to take an extended career break? The short answer is yes, and here are some reasons why you should consider it:
It Can Give You A New Perspective On Life
If you have been working for a long time in the same position and the same industry, you may not be able to see other perspectives easily unless you leave for a bit. A career break can help you find new perspectives in life, even in your career.
It Gives You Time To Expand Your Skills
Want to try taking on a new position? Do you want to join another industry? Or do you want to expand your skills? You can use the career break to develop your skills and update them as needed.
It Gives You Time To Be With Your Family
Didn’t you have the time to spend time with your family because of your work? You can use the career break to make it up to your family members and bond with them.
It Allows You To Get Away From Toxic Work Cultures And Environments
Have you worked in a toxic environment and alongside toxic colleagues? You can use your career break to find another company to work for that has better work cultures and environments.
It Gives You The Opportunity To Do A Passion Or Hobby
Constantly working reduces your time to pursue something you truly love. A long career break can help you find a passion or hobby that you can use to relax your mind and reduce the stress you may be facing.
It Enables You To Go Travel
Some of us skip long vacation leaves even if we truly want to rest and relax elsewhere. A long career break can help you go to places you wanted to visit but couldn’t due to work.
It Gives Your Mind And Wellbeing The Rest It Deserves
A long career break will help you recover from the stressful work you may have had before your leave. You will be able to think about yourself more since you won’t have to worry about work for a while.
No matter which reason you will use to explain your career break, don’t be afraid to take it when you think your work is getting too much to handle. But, you have to make sure that you are ready for such an action because career breaks can affect your immediate future even if there is merit to your move. If you do not plan accordingly and weigh the pros and cons, the long career break may come back to haunt you once you try to go back to work.
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