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How to take a career break

Extended time off from work doesn’t have to wait until retirement. Your career break may be aspirational, or it may be prompted by life events. Whatever the purpose, careful planning before you take the break can help make it more successful and fulfilling. Start by reviewing your finances and getting your career break budget in order. Next, make a rough schedule for how you’ll fill your time. And if you don’t think you can swing a career break, look into alternatives such as a change in job responsibilities or hours.

Back in 2016, Jamie Clark of Seattle was a software engineer who planned to take a year off of work to finish a master’s degree in computational linguistics. One year turned into three and a career change into financial planning.

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