Career Tweaks

Plan a Career Break

Carol Fishman Cohen

Carol Fishman Cohen is the co-author of Back on the Career Track (CreateSpace) and co-founder of iRelaunch: The Return-to-Work Experts, considered by many to be the leader in career reentry and return to work programs, events and content. Cohen and her work with iRelaunch have been featured in many media outlets including The Today Show.


Begin to think about when would be the best time to quit. You want to quit ideally when you're at the top of your game. What that means is that you don't want to get yourself in a situation where your work performance is compromised by outside commitments or something is going on with your family life. People's view of you will be frozen in time; therefore, that moment when you leave is an important in terms of people's memories later on when you're coming back. Try to get at least 3 to 5 years of solid work experience in your field before taking a career break because you want to really make your mark in that field. That doesn't mean you have to work at the same company the whole time, but get some solid work experience in a particular field or industry.
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