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How to Take a Career Break

Extended leaves should not wait until retirement. Your career break may be an aspiration, or it may be driven by life events. Whatever the purpose, careful planning before taking the break can help make it more successful and fulfilling. Start by reviewing your finances and getting your career break budget in order. Next, make a rough schedule of how you will spend your time. And if you don’t think you can take a career break, consider alternatives such as changing responsibilities or schedules.

In 2016, Jamie Clark from Seattle was a software engineer who planned to take a year off to complete a master’s degree in computational linguistics. One year turned into three and a career change into financial planning.

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