What to avoid when planning a career break

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Career MakeoverBurning out at work and yearning for a way out? Here are common mistakes people make when taking career breaks. By Pratish Mistry

1. BAD PLANNING

  • A year off work can seem like a long time. Some people often think they can fit everything into that time, including going on holiday and starting a business or furthering your career. You need to have a solid plan before you leave or you risk not achieving anything from your break.

2. NOT SAVING

  • You can’t take a break without money. Can you afford to be without an income for that period? You need to plan your finances properly before you go; this means saving enough money to cover your expenses not only during the break but for the time it takes to get a new job after the break.

3 . DOUBTING YOURSELF

  • Self-doubt can be a dream killer. Many people who could greatly benefit from a career break fail to take one because they doubt themselves. Due to a lack of confidence or fear that they might not be able to reintegrate into the workforce after the break prevents them from taking opportunities to broaden their horizons. This also happens to people already on a career break – they lose their nerve and cut it short, because it seems easier to go back to ‘the devil they know’.

4. CONTINGENCY PLANNING

  • Never underestimate the amount of time it may take to get the full benefit from your career break. Before you take the break, you need to realise that things might not go your way. You need to ask yourself: what will I do if they don’t?

5. GET ADVICE

  • Don’t think you will figure out your purpose by simply taking time to think about it. Mistry suggests getting a strategic thinking partner to help you figure out what the main reasons for your break are, and how to make the most of it. He believes there are usually a few underlying factors that you may not be aware of that will come to light when talking to a strategic partner.

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