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6 Things To Do When You Are On a Career Break


June 16, 2020 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Raising a Parent


6 Things To Do When You Are On a Career Break | Baby & Beyond

If you are on a career break and:

– are looking for an opportunity to get back to your career

Or

– plan to get back some time in the future

Or

– are not sure as of now but might consider getting back 

This post is for you!
While you may have taken a break from your career for any reason, there are still things to do when you are on a career break that will keep you professionally active and might even aid your job search process in the future.

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1. Follow your passion:

While you are on a break, it is a great time to follow your passion. Pursue the one thing that inspires you. You know, that thing you’ve always wanted to do but couldn’t find the time. Baking, painting, writing, singing, learning to play an instrument, learning a new language…now is your chance to give it a shot. You learn a lot about yourself and about life when you do this. 

I started writing when I was on a break, something I had long wanted to do. I started a blog to write about my journey as a mother. When it was doing well, I started getting brand assignments and it became a source of income for me. Eventually I published a book, something I had always dreamed of doing. It was nothing short of a business venture. I learnt more about marketing, finance, time management than I ever learnt on any job. And all of this from just following my passion.

Of course, not every passion will turn into a career opportunity. But it will still help you in your career. When I started going for interviews after my break, the one thing each and every interviewer wanted to know about was my blog and book. It was a point of discussion, breaking the ice and giving me the chance to showcase all that I’ve learnt even though I’ve been on a break. Today companies appreciate candidates who bring different skills and interests to the table.

Also read: How Publishing my First Book “Diary of a Baby” Changed My Life 

2. Network, network, network:

Stay connected with your ex-colleagues and other people in your industry. Attend industry events and join professional networking sites. If you are not able to manage that, don’t worry. You can still stay connected online. Even a simple congratulatory message on LinkedIn for a work anniversary or a new job goes a long way.

During your career break, these connections will help you be in touch with what is happening in your area of expertise. This network will also be your strongest link when you are ready to get back to your career. Today employee referrals are the number one channel for hiring and this professional network that you build can help by referring you for positions in their organizations. So this is one of the most powerful things to do when you are on a career break.

Also read: 16 Return-to-Work Programs for Women on a Career Break in India 

3. Follow industry thought leaders on LinkedIn:

These are the leaders whose stories keep you inspired. Following their posts will also give you a perspective on the trends in your industry. It is a great way to keep yourself up-to-date and increase your knowledge.

4. Stay up-to-date with your dream companies:

Do you have a list of dream companies you would love to work for once you get back from your career break? Stay in touch with what’s been happening at these companies. There are a couple of ways you can do this. Set up Google alerts for the company names so you get a notification whenever they are in the news. Follow their official pages on social media to get updates directly from them.

5. Upgrade your skills

In today’s fast paced world, you need to keep continuously learning and growing. Don’t stop this growth just because you are on a career break. Consider your career aspirations and your current skills. Where do you think you could build on your skillset? What are the gaps you need to fill? Find out about courses and certifications you could do to keep your skills and knowledge up-to-date. There are innumerable resources, both online and offline, that you could consider.


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6. Volunteer for a cause:

Volunteering gives you a purpose and the opportunity to contribute towards a noble cause. It is also a chance to learn a lot more about different aspects of business that you would typically not get a chance to work on at your job.

All of these tips are from my personal experience of being on a 3 year career break and going back to a full-time role after. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to drop them below.


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  1. Niyati said on June 25, 2020 1:49 pm:

    Practical and sensible. I tell this to myself also that staying at home dosent need to be unproductive. I have and plan to learn some skills and make something out of it. Good time to network and actually read and grow