Why take a career break?

Career break travel is becoming increasingly popular around the world. More and more people are taking sabbaticals, and growing numbers of businesses are really encouraging employees to take some time out to do something worthwhile. Taking a career break is fantastic way to explore the world later in life whilst still aiming to return to the workplace at some point.

What is a career break?

People take career breaks in different ways; some taking a sabbatical from work for a designated amount of time, others leaving the workforce to travel the world indefinitely with no specified end date. These different options suit people’s different requirements, but the common factor is that everyone is interested in exploring the globe and in today’s interconnected world that is more possible than ever.

At Oyster we have a range of fantastic career break opportunities, whether you’re looking to escape for 2 weeks, 6 months, a year or more! Taking a career break offers you the opportunity to do something different and exciting, all whilst fulfilling dreams. Whether it is teaching English to children in developing countries, working to improve the welfare of animals across the globe or even getting paid work on the other side of the world, the key is to find what suits you best. We will help you every step of the way by providing the necessary information, feedback and insight into all the projects available.

Why take a career break?

The world is becoming a smaller place with cheaper air fares and the internet boom, meaning that we can find out more easily what we are missing out on! Many people who have been working for several years find that they too are keen to make the most of these opportunities, rather than to just leave it all to the gap year students. Travelling on a career break means that you can fulfil dreams, meet likeminded people and really do something very different. Doing something productive is key, as employers are very keen to see personal development. Do consider volunteering and paid work overseas to really stretch yourself.

Taking a career break not only helps personal and professional development, it also means that you can do something that is important to you. Many people even take a career break to facilitate a career change.

You can link your skills and expertise with projects, or you can try something entirely new. Just pick up the phone and have a chat, and we can help to point you in the right direction if you need.

For some great career break inspiration have a look at our different projects here:

“I had an amazing experience and would definitely go back there if circumstances allow. The only advice I can give to anyone interested in a career break is to go out there and experience it for themselves. Thanks again for all your help- what an amazing time!”

Catherine Carey, monkey rehabilitation volunteer career breaker

For more information about travelling during your career, check out our guide to mature travel.