Career break

career break is a period of time out of employment . Traditionally, this is for women to raise children citation needed ] , it is intended Sometimes used for People Taking Time Out of Their career for personal development and / or professional development .


A career break is usually between one and two years long. Six months to two years is the most common period of time for a career break. [1] It is also possible to take a mini career break [2] of less than one month, which enables people to try out career opportunities. Shorter career breaks are most popular with people over 45 years of age. [1]

It can take the form of a sabbatical , which can be paid or unpaid; unpaid sabbaticals are much more common. [1] Sabbaticals were originally only offered to academics and are now being offered by companies. [3]

A career break is not simply a period of unemployment. Career breakers usually do one of the following:

  • Travel
  • Voluntary work
  • Paid work abroad
  • Studying or training
  • Offering palliative care
  • Raising children
  • Staying up-to-date with (profession related) news
  • Recovering from accidents or illnesses


The career break has grown in popularity over the past five years, with 75% of the British workforce currently considering a career break. [4] Every year, around 90,000 professionals are estimated to take a career break. [5] It is most common in the UK, where it grew out of the gap year concept. The career break is sometimes referred to as an ‘adult gap year’, which reflects the commitment to developing skills and gaining experience while out of the workforce. This article is about Stefan Sagmeister in his TED talk “The power of time off”. [6]

There is currently no law in the UK [7]

See also

  • Gap year
  • Sabbatical year
  • Leave of absence
  • On-ramping
  • Work-life balance


  1. ^ Jump up to:c The Career Break Site survey 2005
  2. Jump up^ Term coined by The Career Break Site, 2007
  3. Jump up^ Today Management article [ permanent dead link ]
  4. Jump up^ Confederation of British Industry Survey, 2005
  5. Jump up^ Mintel report
  6. Jump up^ “Stefan Sagmeister: The Power of Time Off | Talk Video” . TED . Retrieved 2014-03-20 .
  7. Jump up^ Career breaks and the law

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