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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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MORE IDEAS FROM 13 Essential Tips for Taking a Sabbatical

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The sabbatical

The concept of the sabbatical has its roots in the Hebrew Bible. Every seven years, a sabbath year (rest) was commanded to give the land rest from agricultural activity.  

Similarly, our minds need to rest to be able to continue to grow.

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The sabbatical

Traditionally, a sabbatical involves a break from work, granted by your employer, and after taking a mutually agreed-upon amount of time off, you return to your work. 

  • A sabbatical can be used to consciously achieve your goals.
  • A sabbatical might be necessary if you feel drained, unmotivated or exhausted.

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The Internet can make you feel fractured

The internet can open us up to so many things that we would have never seen otherwise. There's funny animal videos, plant parent groups, and information on movements. But there's also hate speech, harassment, misinformation etc.

The internet can also divide our attention and make us feel fragmented.

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