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13 Essential Tips for Taking a Sabbatical

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13 Essential Tips for Taking a Sabbatical
Have you got to a point in your life where your work-life balance is completely off and you need a break from everything? From the everyday hustle, the overcrowded and stuffy train on your daily commute, the pressure of trying to maintain a social life and a career, all while keeping your living space in order?

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Have a Good Reason

You need a good reason for your time off. 

It could be doing something on your bucket list, like volunteering or teaching, or doing a crash course in a new skill.

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Question Yourself

Question Yourself

Running off to treat your workplace burnout might not be the best solution. Ask yourself first if your work is fulfilling. If not, it is better to try and find something else first, then take some time off before you start a new position. 

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Check Your Company Policy

Before you plan a sabbatical, check with your HR department to see what the policy is regarding extended breaks.

Many organizations allow workers a certain amount of unpaid leave.

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Get Advice from Your Peers

Get advice from your peers who have been in a similar position. Find out how to be prepared for a sabbatical and if they think it was a wise choice.

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Set a Date

It is probably a good idea to set a date in advance to ensure both your employer and yourself have enough time to plan.

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Finances

Finances

Make sure your finances are in order before you take the plunge.

You could also think about raising money or cutting your expenses. Many people work part-time or take on freelance jobs while on sabbatical to supplement their financial situation.

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Develop Your Pitch

Most bosses will be skeptical about losing a valued team member for a large period of time.

Mention that taking a sabbatical could positively affect your career. You could also suggest hiring a trainee to cover your duties.

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Give Plenty of Notice

Most contracts require a year's notice for a sabbatical.

Be sure to speak to your employer as soon as possible.

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Create a Road Map

Create a Road Map

Create a plan on what you will be doing on your career break so your goals are more visible.

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Plan Your Exit Strategy

Plan your leave well in advance. Create a guide with instructions for your replacement (if there is one) or a detailed brief on your ongoing projects for your colleagues.

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Keep in Touch

While on our sabbatical, keep in touch with your workplace. Offer to help out with anything if they need you to. Make sure you stay visible. Arrange a hand-back-to meeting before you go.

You could even keep them up to date with your experiences while you're traveling.

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Document Your Journey

Document Your Journey

It will be a way of keeping in touch with your friends and family and allow you to put in context what you’ve achieved over your time off from work. 

Consider writing a personal diary, blog, or posting on your social media pages. 

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Keep Your Skills Updated

Research shows than half of the hiring managers surveyed say the most important thing they look at when hiring candidates is how they kept their skills updated during a career break.

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