Thinking of taking a career break? Whether you’re staying home to care for children or travelling around the world on a year-long sabbatical, the prospect of taking extended time off from work can be exciting and terrifying in equal parts. How will you survive financially while you’re away from the office? And how can you make sure that your career will still be there when you get back?
A career break can be a great opportunity to take some time off and recharge your batteries. Understandably, money is the single biggest concern of career breakers. How much will it cost? Can you afford it? How can you save up? Can you earn extra? Should you borrow?
The pandemic forced many to re-evaluate the role of work in their life, whether it was juggling childcare duties and a remote job, or low-wage and essential employees who had to work in person during the height of the pandemic. Many found themselves struggling with burnout and some questioned the conventional wisdom that people have to work for decades before retiring.