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CAREER BREAK OPTIONS
There are many different career break activities and occupations that you can pursue, but here you will find information and ideas about some of the most popular career break opportunities.
Travelling and working abroad
Travelling is certainly the top reason for most career break takers. Not having travelled enough is the one regret of many people during their old age. Remember that we only have one life, and the world is so big, rich, diverse and exciting that any person able to afford it should really dedicate at least one year of their lives to see the planet and meet humankind. This could simply be independent travel to a number of countries, time spent living in a country that has always interested you, or an extended holiday, cruise or trip in a camper van. Or you might want to work abroad to pay for your travel, perhaps teaching your language or taking on seasonal work such as bar work or fruit picking.
Travelling and studying abroad
But if you’re going to travel, then be productive as well and learn something. Your travelling should allow you to acquire working knowledge of one or more foreign languages, especially if you think that this will have a direct positive impact in your further career when you finish your break. But even if you don’t, learning a language (which also means learning a part of the relevant culture) will open up your horizons and make you more flexible and tolerant to other realities, more cultivated and cosmopolitan. Whatever your job, you need this improvement in your life. You needn’t be a diplomat to benefit from cosmopolitanism. Even if you won’t make use of your international background and knowledge at work, it will certainly help you in other areas of your life, like social relations with friends and acquaintances, dating, article-writing for your local newspaper, etcetera. Learn more about how a foreign language immersion course may change your career skills and your whole life for better. Immersion courses into a foreign language and culture are probably one of the best ways to spend a part of your sabbatical. Link goes to G
Give something back or just help others in so doing. Help those in need and at the same time acquire new knowledge and expertise. There are many charities and non-profit organisations, both in your own country and overseas, who could utilise your skills. The so-called Third Sector (of the economy) is a booming “industry” needing skilled people like you. More and more successful executives are being driven away from their for-profit companies. How? By ofeering them a better job, a more human environment, less stress and a motivating social responsibility career. Non-profits are a sound professional and job option for many people. During your sabbatical you may volunteer for an organization and feel so well there that you prefer to remain and become a paid staff member or a decision-making executive. Or you may decide to launch your own non-profit charity organization taking into account your work expertise and the skills obtained during your sabbatical by volunteering.
There is probably a subject which you have always wished you could study deeper. Or, do you want or need to improve your current knowledge or your official qualifications in order to improve your future career? Part-time study combined with a full-time job can be tiring, frustrating and very lengthy. Therefore venturing into more intense and full-time study (be it for your own pleasure or for the benefit of your long term career) could be a sensible option. Further career education is indeed a sound choice for your career break.
Have you ever wanted to write a novel, paint or learn to sculpt? Perhaps office life and lack of time strangle your creativity and don’t leave you with enough time to explore your inner artistic side. Having a sabbatical or a career break can offer you the chance to devote a part of your energy to producing something satisfying. And, who knows, you may discover you really want to dedicate the rest of your life to that other activity, professionally.
Working on a project
If there something you’ve been wanting to do but haven’t got round to, a sabbatical or a career break means an option to cope with it. It could be working on your property, landscaping your garden, supervising the building of your new house or any other personal project that requires more time and attention than you can allocate if you are working on a full time basis. Project-managing something like that, added to the physical side if you’re personally hands-on, can be tiresome. A career break could give you the opportunity to complete that eternally postponed “project of a lifetime”.
Taking care of your family or friends
You might feel that you just never have time to catch up with friends and relatives, particularly if they live at some distance from your place, or elsewhere in the world. Or the circumstances may have changed and you need to look after a friend or family member,due perhaps to age or illness. Or perhaps your family is growing and you want to be a full-time parent for a while longer in order to see your kids grow up. In any of those circumstances you will benefit from a career break.