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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Impacts, Challenges, Changes
15 May 2014
If they have taken a break
Impact of the break on career (either positive or negative)
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.
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
The break gave me the time and space to imagine new possibilities and be creative (Tina)
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 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
Now think of these theories in relation to the following story
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