Thinking of taking a Career break?

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If you do decide to take the plunge, here are a few things to consider making sure your break works for you:
Start with a positive mindset.  This is important.  If you leave feeling confident about your decision, you will return to work confident in your role.
The pre-planning process is critical to ensure that you exit and return to work successfully. Be clear about what you hope to gain from your break and the results you want to see.   Can you explain this to someone in 1-2 sentences?
Negotiate strategies and deadlines for your return to work. This will give your organisations a sense of certainty.  It may also be beneficial to come up with some ideas about how your responsibilities can be shared or filled while you are away.   We all know things change, however it’s important to give people comfort in your departure.

Make a list of Pros and Cons - Its old fashioned but it always helps me to feel more confident in my decision.   Remember, if you feel confident about your decision, so will your organization.

Talk about returning.  Even if you are not sure that you will ultimately return to work, make sure you keep your plans focused on the idea of a return.  This will also keep your mind open to returning and new opportunities. 

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