Taking a career break or a sabbatical is not a sin. It is really unfortunate to see how our workforce looks down upon people with career breaks and make it even more difficult for them to rejoin.
In my opinion the onus lies on both ends of the work force spectrum. While recruiters should stress more on a candidate’s skills, expertise and attitude instead of career breaks, candidates also should go that extra mile to stay abreast with the latest technologies, trends and skills in the domain.
You can’t expect one to keep working till we retire and chase nothing else in life. It takes great courage for some who choose to walk the unchartered journey to work at an NGO, or to act in a theatre or live in the wild. Instead of frowning at their choices, we should appreciate their guts to follow their dreams.
But at the same time, for those who wish to get back to their careers after a rejuvenated break, it is imperative that you have a plan that helps you get successfully hired after a career break.
In this video, I share some powerful insights for anyone who is looking to rejoin the workforce with a bang.
Let us not set a culture where we tell people how to live. Let each individual be free to speak about their career breaks without a fear of being judged. It is time we set a fair process where we focus on skills and capabilities instead of career breaks.
*This story was originally published on Vishwas Mudagal’s guest column on YourStory