You can experience burnout at any stage of your career. Whether it’s a lack of purpose or a poor work environment, many things can cause us to become disengaged or unsatisfied with our jobs. If stepping away from a problem can help you find a better solution, why not apply that to your career by taking a break?
Career breaks don’t usually come with a positive connotation, but the benefits of a sabbatical can be invaluable to your health.
Reasons to Take a Career Break
There are many valid reasons to take a break from your professional life.
If you seek to start a family or need some time to work on your health, those things should always come before work. Maybe you have always dreamed of pursuing a hobby or passion as a business but haven’t been quite ready to make the leap. The only way to successfully start a business is to invest time, and with a full-time job, that can be very difficult.
If you’ve been contemplating a total career change, exploring your passions during a break can help you determine your next move. For adventure-seekers, a career break offers an opportunity for new experiences and travel so that they can return restored and refreshed.
Benefits of a Career Break
Career gaps don’t have to be career-ending.
There are so many ways to improve your skills and value during your break. You can continue to build your personal network, volunteer, learn a new skill, or improve a hobby with transferable value. Because our jobs can be so demanding and inflexible, take advantage of a career break by discovering your passions and finding purpose.
Focus on your health and find activities that make you happy and fulfilled. Returning form your career break can leave you feeling motivated, content, and ready to take on new challenges.
What to Consider before Taking a Break
Unfortunately, not everyone is in a position to take a leave from work. You will miss out on a steady income, benefits, and the opportunity to save. You may also lose health insurance coverage so consider how to keep yourself protected during your gap. Of course, if you help support others, a career break may be unfair to your dependents. Ultimately, you’ll need to consider the pros and cons before declaring your break.
If a career break is calling your name, start looking into whether it’s time to take a step back. Carefully review your career path, goals, and current situation to determine if this is the right move for you and your future.
This infographic (from Bestow) outlines reasons to take a career break and how to successfully resume your professional life afterward.