Career Breaks


#1

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…


#2

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.


#3

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


#4

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.


#5

Pretty Tory to have a career, like.


#6

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.


#7

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.


#8

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.


#9

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


#10

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.


#11

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


#12

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.


#13

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


#14

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.


#15

Usually between midnight and midday.


#16

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.


#17

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).


#18

that’s quite encouraging


#19

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.


#20

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.