Is It Ok to Take a Long Career Break?

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

Can’t get enough of MiddleMe? You can find me sharing my thoughts here as well: 
Instagram @kallymiddleme
Twitter  (MiddleMe_net)
FaceBook (


6 Comments Add yours

  1. Also possible to take a different type of career break. Happened before COVID. You can have a long career, then lose your job, and then try a different type of job in an unrelated career just to pay the bills. Then return to your old career years later and appreciate it more.


  2. Good advice. Thanks for sharing. Have a great week.


  3. Simon says:

    Thank you for sharing 🙂💝Much loved the vacation part. Should take a break ☺️


  4. C.A. Post says:

    “Constantly working reduces your time to pursue something you truly love.” There is almost always a way to make a living out of what you truly love, something for which you have a passion. It may not make as much money as more lucrative careers, but why would anyone want to spend 8-10 hours a day doing something that they do not enjoy, or possibly even despise, just to make more money??!!!
    If we have food, clothing and shelter, we should be content.
    1 Timothy 6:6-10
    ❤️&🙏, c.a.


  5. Miriam says:

    It changed our priorities and the direction of our life completely and for the better.


Share Your Thoughts Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s