A career break is usually between one month and two years long. Six months to 2 years is the most common period of time for a career break . It's also possible to take a mini career break of less than one month, which enables people to try out career break activities without committing to longer periods of time. Shorter career breaks are most popular with the over-45s.
It can take the form of a sabbatical, which can be paid or unpaid - unpaid sabbaticals are much more common. Alternatively, the user may choose to take their career break between jobs.
A career break is not simply a period of unemployment. Career breakers usually do one or more of the following:
The career break has grown in popularity over the last five years, with 75% of the British workforce currently considering a career break . Every year, around 90,000 professionals are estimated to take a career break . It is most common in the UK, where it grew out of the gap year concept. The career break is sometimes referred to as an 'adult gap year', which reflects the commitment towards developing skills and gaining experience while out of the workforce.
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