Career breaks

Information and advice on taking a career break.

Detour sign Taking time away from the busy grind of professional life, whether through an extended holiday, voluntary working or for personal needs can help you to reassess your career plans and give you the time and space to consider if you are still on the path that is right for you.

Here’s some information and advice on how to plan a career break, the benefits of taking time out, career break options and preparing to return to work.

Planning your career break

What to consider when planning a career break and the types of career breaks available.

Benefits of taking a career break

A career break allows you to develop both personally and professionally.

Returning to education

Information on further education and returning to the classroom as a mature student.

Returning to work

Information and advice on ensuring a smooth transition back to work after a career break.