Career Breaks


Anyone done one?

I’m almost certainly going to hand in my notice next week for multiple reasons, and pretty much have something completely different arranged to do in a different country for a bit. I’d like the option of getting back into what I currently do though down the line though.

Has anyone taken a bit of time off their ‘career’ and then come back to it? Do employers ask questions about the gap in your CV when you’re applying for things? Know its a bit vague…


I think if you can explain the gap, and if you are doing something else in the meantime then it’ll be ok. From experience having a gap of not working is not helpful when looking for another job.


my boss said I could come back to work when I get bored of playing at being a musician if I wanted


I started working again a couple of months ago after a break (jolly) of about 14 months.
I only had a small handful of interviews before getting a job and I can’t remember anyone asking about the gap, but that’s probably because I wrote a short statement on the ‘reason for leaving’ section on the application forms, explaining that I had decided to take a career break and that I’d been travelling and working on a couple of volunteer projects in the mean time.
In my experience, as long as it doesn’t look dodgy, it’s fine.


Pretty Tory to have a career, like.


depends where you’re at in your career I guess. I have a really annoyingly patchy CV that is too thinly spread and I’m probably gonna have to go back to the level I was at about 4 years ago to get to do the sort of work I want.


i handed in my notice about this time last year after a pretty rotten experience. i couldn’t face going back to work in the same sector (i had already taken about 6 weeks’ sick leave at this point), so i did a CELTA course, moved city/country, and have been freelance teaching english as a foreign language since december last year. i love it, despite worrying a bit about sustainability in the long term (probably would also be ok if i reigned in my ridiculous spending/travel budget/stopped going on holiday for five weeks at a time/etc). i reckon i could go back to what i was doing before fairly easily, would definitely have to take a lower paid position though but that’s only because i had such a sweet deal before. i’d say do it, why the hell not, you’ll only regret it if you don’t.


How long are you talking? I did three months and pretty much loafed for the whole time. Was brilliant. Nobody has ever asked what I was doing, but I was going to say I was doing up a house. Which is sort of true.


I’ve been unemployed for long stretches if that helps?


When I was between jobs, I put on my CV that I was “freelance”. I did do a couple of small jobs during that period so I put their names down as clients, so it wasn’t a complete lie.


Not really an option in my industry, so I was mostly sitting around in my pants and posting on here.


As long as you have any kind of reasonable or even imaginary explanation for why there are gaps in your CV no one will give two hoots. I feel like the people that make out like having gaps in your CV is a career ender are just people who are themselves petrified of leaving their job.


wait, does this not count as freelancing? my whole life is a lie!


There was (dunno if it’s still there) a mention of career breaks in work’s handbook. I forget the wording but it was worded in a way to make people feel comfortable about asking for a career break after they’d worked here for a period. Everyone that asked for it got declined and left soon after.


Usually between midnight and midday.


I had a few months between jacking in my London job and starting the job I had lined up in Glasgow so I went to South America. I don’t have the personality to be able to just chuck in a job for a break (regardless of cash in bank) without having a very clear plan of what job I would be doing next and when- I know I simply wouldn’t be able to enjoy the time off and so I’ve never tried it.

I had a very enjoyable few months off to have a baby 9although again, I was able to enjoy that time because I knew it was finite and I have my lovely safety net of fulfilling job to return to.)

I think if you are braver than me (and perhaps if you don’t have ties/ overheads to worry about) then it could be a very liberating thing to do. Just don’t fritter it away because presumably at some point in the future you may want a ‘career’ again and you may have to explain this ‘time out’ to people who are not as open minded as you.


I quit my job in early 2015 and came back to it 8 months later, doing nothing CV-worthy in the interim. Doesn’t seem to have mattered (including when I’ve been sounded out about other jobs).


that’s quite encouraging


remember at the last place i worked they were interviewing a guy for a really high paid, really specialised job and they were asking him about the 18 month gap in his cv. said he just packed everything in to be a bus driver for a while.

they had no idea what to make of that.


surely it totally depends what you do though? Raanraals a qualified solicitor iirc is gonna be in a very different position compared to most people.