On a career break or sabbatical? 10 things to do with time off work
For those of you wondering whether to take a sabbatical or full career break, here’s a list of 10 things you can do with your time off work. It’s a great time to pursue passions new and old, to make time for creativity, explore new perspectives, and travel to places far and wide.
1. Experiment with a new career
For many, who haven’t found their calling in life just yet, a career break is a great way to explore new industries. If you’re looking for a hard reset, try a range of different jobs either part time, as a freelancer, or as a volunteer. This is your opportunity to get creative - the more diverse the better! You could volunteer for a wildlife sanctuary, help out on a farm, work for a tech startup, freelance as a travel writer or get a taste for the movie industry either as an extra or as an assistant behind the camera.
2. Work on your hobbies & creative skills
Putting time towards your existing hobbies or picking up new ones, particularly a physical skill can be very therapeutic, and a great way to switch off from the everyday pace of life. Over 90% of adults spend the majority of their free time watching TV, and as much as we all like to vegetate on the sofa, hobbies reduce stress, improve your mental health, are a great way to meet new people and boost creativity. If you’re not sure where to start, Rassa offers 6 week online programs where you can work on your techniques and skills in the likes of food, fashion and beauty with the support and feedback from industry specialists.
Now that borders have reopened, there’s no time like the present to start exploring the world. Visit some of the world’s natural locations from the desert in Namibia to the Icelandic hot springs or the Irish countryside. Use the time to learn a new language whilst you’re fully immersed in the country and its culture, or explore belly first trying different cuisines. That said, traveling isn’t always cheap, which is why many opt for remote freelancing whilst travelling or a work exchange where you can offer your time in exchange for accommodation - help out with grape picking and wine making on a vineyard, teach English with a host family or help out on a farm or ranch. If none of that takes your fancy, you can always explore closer to home and visit parts of the country you’ve never been to before. Better still, plan out a full road trip.
A sabbatical is the perfect opportunity to look at our reading habits. Often many take a break as they feel uninspired but sometimes thinking about where we get our information and creative inputs from can really help. It’s easy to fall into the trap of reading the same stuff everyone else is reading, but often a good idea comes from the sum of many different creative sources. Discover and learn from history around the world, biographies, field guides, fiction across genres, flick through photography books or books which challenge your point of view - the brain is amazing at drawing links between the seemingly unrelated to form the start of your next creative idea!
5. Find out who you are
Many wait until retirement to dig into their family tree and history by which point it’s often harder as older relatives are no longer around to help fill the information gaps. A sabbatical is the perfect opportunity to discover more about your family’s beliefs, cultures and traditions. Not only will it help you have a stronger sense of who you are but it’s a great way to bring you closer together with older family members. You can also use this time to capture your own story in the form of a diary, blog or scrapbook, ready to pass on to the next generation.