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 developmentand / or professional development .


A career break is usually between one month 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 allows people to try out career breaks without committing to longer periods of time. Shorter career breaks are most popular with the people over 45 years of age. [1]

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

A career break is not simply a period of unemployment. Career breakers usually do one or more 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 breaks out in popularity over the last 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 breaks out as an adult gap year, which reflects the commitment to developing skills and gaining experience while out of the workforce. This was talked about by Stefan Sagmeister in his TED talk “The power of time off”. [6]

There is currently no job 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^ Management Today 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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