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Recently I found out that a good friend is taking a sabbatical. I’d love to go along as it’s always been my dream to travel. I’m in a good job though and would have to resign to take time off. I don’t want to regret not going but am scared I won’t have a job to come back to, what should I do?
Should I Stay or Should I Go?
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Taking a sabbatical does not preclude you from finding a job when you return. In fact, the skills you learn while on sabbatical such as a new language or contacts you make while traveling can lead to job opportunities that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise. Look at the facts: your experience, credentials and network -- these don’t go away just because you take a few months off. Besides for my clients who’ve gone on sabbatical they’ve found that hiring managers are intrigued by their travels. They end up having great interview conversations because most people dream of taking this kind of trip.
As the quote says, “Life isn’t about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself.” If you’re ready to create yourself and your career in a way that is true to who you are, what you value, your skills, strengths, talents, interests then taking some extended time off may be just what you need. For more tips on taking a sabbatical (even if you’ve been laid-off), read my "Travel to Boost Your Career" blog post. - Maggie