Taking a career break

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  1. Sparky
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    Just wondering if anyone has done this before?

    I’ve been working in IT for 20 years now and I’m kinda burnt out – considering taking some time out, getting a few certs and regrouping for the next job wherever that is.
     
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    If you can afford it, yeah, do it.

    I haven't but I am looking at alternative career paths at the mo, they say a change is as good as a rest

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    Not done it but would love to. I’ve worked in IT since 1999, the years rocket by dont they. At VMware they give us a week off per year to do charity work. If we do the full week they give us £700 ish to donate. I do mine every year because I enjoy it but also I get to do something that’s nothing to do with IT. I’ve worked in a food bank (hard graft, I’ll never be a shelf stacker), and a hospice warehouse. Loved it

    Only a week per year but I think my advice would be to take a shorter sabbatical maybe. See if you like it. You’d definitely need to fill some of your time or you’d get bored I think. Studies would be great. Time to think. Maybe some charity work to make you feel good. Still doing less hours than work. Maybe 20 a week
     
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    Im a contractor for over 20 years, I regularly take time out between contracts.
     
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    Good move that. Its good to earn good money but there's more to life isn't there
     
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    I've taken a 9 month break from working almost 6 years ago.

    There are many things to consider, but in short - likelihood of you regretting taking a break is very slim.

    If you are feeling burnt out maybe don't plan to study during the break, I didn't do anything IT related. Found I got a bit rusty on some topics when I had interviews later but it wasn't an issue after all. With your experience I doubt you would struggle to find work - if you think you could easily get another job now it will not change few months down the line. Few years may make a difference though.

    I can only advise to plan what you want to do, focus on hobbies, family, travelling - whatever it is that will keep you happy during this time. Set some budget and figure out how much can you spend & and how long can you sustain lack of income until it will start stressing you.

    Have fun!
     
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    Oh the other thing you could consider is asking work for a sabbatical, so you have a job to come back to. Some will do that as they save on their wage bill for a while
     
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    Thanks guys – some good feedback there.

    Only been in my new job less than a year so a sabbatical probably isn’t an option. Will assess in the next few months and make a decision.
     
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