If you have been on the job for some time, and haven’t taken any significant paid time off (you know beyond a one to two-week vacation), you may reach a point where you do something drastic that you later regret. Studies show that many millennials do not take time off, so in this article, I’m going to share some work advice to help you think more proactively about your career path. Trust me, it is a very long path with ups, downs and hairpin curves.
You need to be mindful of the signs it’s time to quit your job so you don’t quit impulsively, sabotage work relationships, or burn bridges during your career. Similarly, you don’t want to ignore the tremendous toll that stress puts on your personal relationships, mind, body (and sometimes your soul) over the long haul. Neither is acceptable, especially when you’re trying to be a responsible adult, pay your bills and not fall off the career ladder. So, what’s the answer when you’ve reached your limit? Your Office Mom recommends you consider a planned career break. That may come as a surprise since I’m a big fan of showing up and working hard but career burnout and job dissatisfaction are closely intertwined. Whether you lack purpose in your tasks, feel unappreciated and overworked, or don’t know what you want to be when you grow up, it may be time to consider taking a step back.
It’s unlikely that you’ve ever been advised to take a break from your career. Career breaks might seem a bit extreme to some, or be perceived as a risky career move, but they can offer significant benefits when you need one. There are many valid reasons to press “pause” on your professional life, whether it’s to take more time for health and family matters or to travel and pursue your passions.
A career break doesn’t mean you’re ending your career. You’re merely closing the current chapter, taking time to yourself, and figuring out your next direction. You can take this time to focus on your well being, explore parts of the world, learn a new skill, volunteer, or pursue a side hustle as a small business owner. A career break will reveal more about yourself when you have the chance to escape your routine and grow in unexpected ways.
You may not be planning a career break right now, or even in the near future, but if this sounds like pure heaven to you, it’s time to visualize your break, identify your goals, and develop a plan that doesn’t jeopardize your career or the roof over your head..
To get you started, check out the infographic created by Bestow highlighting some reasons to take a career break and how to successfully find a new, meaningful path. Once you review it, let me know about your career break plan, or memories!
Infographic source: Bestow