Procrastinating about taking a Career Break

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Procrastinating about taking a Career Break? What's Stopping You?

So, you’ve been playing around with this idea of taking a career break for ages, but you still haven’t gotten around to it. You tell people it’s something you’d love to do, but you still haven’t gotten around to it. You see images of far off destinations, and tell yourself you’d love to go there, but you still haven’t gotten around to it.

So what’s stopping you?

Some of the most common reasons are:

I don’t have the money

Well, unless you are independently wealthy, or very lucky, you are probably like most of us and don’t have instant access to large amounts of money. So you have to do something else instead:

You could save up

Take a look at where your expenses are going out and where you could tighten the reins. Perhaps you could get a lodger, move back in with your parents, curb your social life, or get a part time job.

You could sell something

Perhaps you have some assets that you could sell, such as a car or motorbike, your home, shares.

Work abroad

If getting hold of money really is a problem for you, look into working abroad. Different countries have different rules, but many provide working visas for a set period of time. There are lots of options and this could help to fund your trip.

I don’t want to ruin my career

This is a very reasonable concern, but it doesn’t always have to be. In these currently economic times, many companies are happy to let their staff take unpaid leave for extended periods – it takes some financial pressure off the company, and allows their staff some time off without the worry of coming back to no job. It’s win-win.

There are also many companies these days that recognise the enormous benefits of Career Breaks and actively encourage them. This way they can attract high calibre staff with their Sabbatical Programmes, whilst also retaining valued members of staff who may need time off rejuvenate.

So don’t let this be a reason to not go – find out if your company has a Sabbatical Programme, and if not, come up with a proposal and approach your boss with it.

I’m scared of going off travelling alone

If the prospect scares you, then that’s even more reason to go! Travel, especially lone travel, can do amazing things for your confidence. You can push yourself and develop yourself in ways you never would whilst in your comfort zone at home.

If personal safety is a concern, there are a wealth of resources out there to help you ensure your trip is safe.

I have a mortgage

That’s great, that means that you have a home to come back to when you are done, or you have an asset you can sell to fund your trip.

Many people rent out their homes when they go travelling – if you’re lucky some of the rent you receive may even help to fund your trip. Others choose to sell their homes in order to subsidise a trip, and this option may also give some financial cushioning for a while upon their return home.

These are big decisions that only you can make, but they both offer you options so that the mortgage doesn’t have to be something that stops you.

I’m too old

This may often be something other people tell you rather than something you necessarily believe yourself – but still, you can’t help doubting yourself if people keep saying it to you, right? Wrong.

The fact is, the benefits of going travelling when you are a bit older are immense. You have more money, you have a clearer idea about what you want to achieve, you appreciate the trip a lot more and get much more out of it.

If you’re not convinced, just do a search on the internet and see the various statistics for older travellers – you may be surprised to learn that in fact the under 25′s make up the smallest group of gap year travellers, at just 12% (Source: Gap year for Grown Ups).

If after reading this you still feel like you’d love to go travelling, but still you just don’t get around to it, working with a Life Coach could help you to work through your blocks and move forward to the life you want.

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