Let’s give a big thank-you to Kirk Horsted for his insightful post, It’s About the Time, Not Just the Dime. His story helps me clear up a big misunderstanding with my readers about who I am writing for and who can take advantage of working vacations.
Many people think you must be a teacher or professor to take a short-term sabbatical–after all, we are the ones with that fabulous three-month summer vacation every year. And, in all honesty, when I started this blog and began writing my book I did envisage it being primarily for high school, college, and university teachers. However, after talking to individuals like Kirk, I quickly realized that the potential audience for my career break travel advice is far wider than that.
Kirk is a great example as he is a self-employed creative arts specialist who made the decision to close up his office once every few years to enjoy the benefits of a short-term working vacation. In addition to the self-employed, I have talked with retired professionals (attractive to overseas institutions because of their extensive experience) who took advantage of their newly acquired free time to live and work internationally. Skilled individuals who, because of the poor economy, are “between jobs” may wish to take a temporary overseas hiatus before sending out their resumes and searching for a job. Finally, many doctors, lawyers, engineers, business specialists, etc., if given enough lead time to make alternate arrangements for their clients and patients, can apply for and be granted a short-term leave of absence–I have a dentist friend who recently returned from a few months living and working in Australia.
So please don’t think my advice is only meant for those in the classroom. It also applies to the self-employed, temporarily unemployed, and the no-longer employed as well as those with the motivation and drive to apply for and receive short-term leaves. Regardless of your specialization or schedule, if you have a skill of potential interest to overseas institutions you can have that career break. Honestly!