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TAKING A CAREER BREAK. Impacts, Challenges, Changes Lisa Happell Career4Connect 15 May 2014. Treadmill of Life. Work, Kids, Health, Finance, Exercise Family, Emails, Appointment, Social Events Reading, Study, Meetings, Social Media . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XntzFHLRo0M.

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taking a career break

TAKING A CAREER BREAK

Impacts, Challenges, Changes

Lisa Happell

Career4Connect

15 May 2014

slide2

Treadmill of Life

Work, Kids, Health, Finance, Exercise Family, Emails, Appointment, Social Events Reading, Study, Meetings, Social Media

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XntzFHLRo0M

reason for break

AGED PARENTS

  • ILLNESS
  • STUDY
  • CAREER UNCERTAINITY

REASON FOR BREAK

RETRENCHMENT

FAMILY

STRESS/BURNOUT

UNEMPLOYMENT

TRAVEL

O.S POSTING

RELOCATION

audience

Audience

If they have taken a break

Impact of the break on career (either positive or negative)

reason for break1

AGED PARENTS

  • ILLNESS
  • STUDY
  • CAREER UNCERTAINITY

REASON FOR BREAK

RETRENCHMENT

FAMILY

STRESS/BURNOUT

UNEMPLOYMENT

TRAVEL

O.S POSTING

RELOCATION

challenges benefits

Time To Reflect

  • Empowering
  • Study
  • Recharge/Change
  • Found Path
  • Creative/Dream
  • Redefine

CHALLENGES/BENEFITS

LOSS OF IDENTITY

RE-ENTER

CAREER IMPACT

AT TIME STRESSFUL

LOSS KNOWLEDGE

MENTALLY YES/CAREER NO

Career Uncertainty

SET-BACK

FINANCIAL

research data

Research Data

A recent article in The Age (2013) showed that only 51% of employees felt they were in the right career, with 27% not sure and the other 22% saying no.

An article in the Sydney Morning Herald (2011) showed that satisfaction levels were at an all-time low, with job satisfaction levels at only 56% in Victoria, 51% in NSW, and 46% overall in Australia.

research data1

Research Data

Losing a job may be an increasingly common career "event", something most of us will experience at some stage. But that familiarity doesn\'t lessen the psychological pain that often accompanies redundancy. ‪

The sudden loss of routine, contact with professional peers, and simply not having a workplace to go to can leave people feeling isolated, depressed and lost.

Losing the sense of identity, structure, and social contact that come with having a job

Source Ian Wyle - The Guardian, Saturday 26 September 2009

Source: Ian

benefits

The break gave me the time and space to imagine new possibilities and be creative (Tina)

BENEFITS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkX-TPaodoM

Planned Happenstance is both attitude that you gain and actions you take. It is the view that you can create opportunities by taking action on your curiosity and on chance events. “Planned happenstance” theory was introduced in 1999 by Mitchell, Levin and Krumboltz. -

chaos theory audience

Chaos Theory - Audience

Chaos theory tells us that little changes lead to gigantic shifts.

One small change/major change

Small change/improve your life

Source: Cairnes, Margot, Staying Sane in a Changing World Simon & Schuster, 2003

chaos theory happenstance

Chaos Theory & Happenstance

Now think of these theories in relation to the following story

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/macadamia-king-on-doctors-orders/story-e6frg6nf-1226912428565

profession industry

HEALTH

  • FINANCE
  • SALES
  • IT
  • ACCOUNTANCY

PROFESSION/INDUSTRY

LEGAL

CAREER INDUSTRY

PHARMACUTICAL

EDUCATION

ENVIRONMENTAL

networking

The Hidden Job Market reportedly accounts for between 60-80 per cent of actual job opportunities available at any given time*

Stay in touch, keep skills updated (networking, reviewing job sites etc). Do not assume you will not go back to previous workplace/type of work...You just never know! (Survey Participant)

* Source - www.graduateopportunities.com

Networking

career consultants

Help to come up with new career options

  • Sometimes your confidence can go down and you need support to lift it back up
  • Help clients – practical considerations of work/career re-entry
  • Reframing to acknowledge broader personal/life stage issues.

Career Consultants

transition career support

Consider managing careers as holistic approach

  • (individual in a complete picture rather than isolating parts.)
  • The Systems Theory Framework of Career Development (Patton and McMahon, 1999)

Transition/Career Support

other tips

Social Media (set-up/Clean-up)

  • Short Courses (Coursera) – (Free – Online)
  • Enjoy the time
  • Get the support
  • Business Networks (Local Councils)

Other Tips

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