Career Breaks

A growing number of working people, particularly those who have been in the same job or with the same employer for several years, are taking extended periods of leave (usually unpaid) to broaden their horizons and develop themselves on a personal and professional level. Is it time you seized the opportunity to take a potentially career- and even life-changing sabbatical?  

Related information

If you are having a career break to have a baby, or sadly due to illness, see (respectively) workSMART’s Family-friendly Work and Disability Discrimination sections for information on your rights and entitlements, and our Returning after Time Off  advice on coming back to work. 

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.