People are becoming more aware of alternatives to the traditional lifestyle of working until retirement age and then hopefully having a few years of good health to travel and play golf before old age sets in.
Sadly not every one reaches retirement age. Several years back I had a close colleague and a family member die in their mid fifties. They had both worked hard at their careers. It got me thinking about whether they would have done things differently if they had known what would happen.
There was also a situation where a lot of people I knew had changes to their pensions which meant they would be worse off. There was a lot of soul-searching and why did I give so much to my job and miss out on my kids' childhood? Ouch.
This all happened before I had children and gave me chance to do some thinking. At the time I was on the career track (accidentally!), working long hours and traveling a lot.
I took a fairly long maternity leave when each of my two children was born and treated them as career breaks. I'm now on my third career break, taking an unpaid sabbatical from my job.
In this article I'll talk about planning for a career break, returning from a career break and how to make the experience positive for both your life and your career.