While you shouldn’t be scared of taking a career break, you also shouldn’t delude yourself as to the reality of the situation. What are the financial implications of taking a break? If you plan to travel, will you rent out your home? If not, how will the rent or mortgage by paid, on top of your travel costs? Can you slot back into your existing job on your return? All these issues need to be addressed.
TIMING IS EVERYTHING
If you want to stay with your current company after your return, treat it with respect. Announcing you want to take a long period off when the company is on the cusp of a crucial period will hardly endear you to your bosses. Respect the company and there is a strong chance your consideration will be reciprocated.
SIT YOUR BOSS DOWN
Don’t just drop into a casual conversation with your boss that you want to leave for a year. Set up a meeting. Give your boss some inkling of what you want to talk about, if possible. Taking a career break is a big decision for you — and agreeing to it is a big decision for your boss or bosses. Treat the whole enterprise with the seriousness it deserves.