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Taking a career break

Distance can also help you think more clearly and improve your attitude. That being said, you need to go about suggesting a career break very carefully - you wouldn’t want to damage your career! Here’s how:

  • Talk to people who’ve done it before you.
  • Check your company policy and think about your employer’s attitude to career breaks.
  • Don’t demand – negotiate, and be prepared to ask more than once. Pose it as a win-win situation where everybody benefits.
  • Make a list of all things you’ll gain from your time out and share them with your employer. For example, new skills, renewed enthusiasm, contacts and so on. Remember, it’s not a holiday!
  • Figure out who’ll be covering when you’re away and don’t leave any gaps in your plan.
  • Talk about what happens after your break so your employer knows you plan to be back, buzzing with renewed motivation!


COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

To maintain the safety of our members, volunteers, staff and everyone we work with, we have taken the decision to cancel or postpone ALL IET events until the end of June. We are monitoring the rapidly changing situation and will provide further updates when we have them. If you have any queries, please contact events@theiet.org or view the more detailed statement on the IET homepage.