Wonderwall360 Hump Day Careers: Taking a sabbatical

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I recently took a sabbatical. It is something, I had never really considered doing prior to redundancy. During my time at my job prior to redundancy, I had bought a house, sold that and bought another; so I was on a very traditional route of building a career in tandem with climbing the property ladder. Having interrupted that pathway; it seemed a good time to do something I wanted to do rather then than what I thought I should do. In my case I took a month of to work at the Edinburgh fringe, which allowed me to see lots of shows.

 

Taking a sabbatical is something I would recommend for anyone. Taking an extended period away can give you new perspectives and is refreshing.

 

I had to ask two employees to do it. For one I justified saying my work projects were not urgent, therefore one month would not make difference; for that one I e-mailed clients working with so that they were aware I would not be available and prioritised according to their needs before I went. My other employer who work in a café for took, more persuading; they wanted to know how it would help development; I therefore wrote a long list of how it will help my customer service skills. During my time away, I visited two other braches of their café and posted photos on our internal google+ (corporate social media). When I have my performance review I will write about how it has developed me; therefore hopefully they eill support the idea in others.

International women’s day 8th Mar 2018: Balancing Work and Children

From my experience, at school many topics were not covered therefore I’m planning a careers events, so we can discuss our experiences. One topic which was not addressed was balancing working with having children. Below are some thoughts I have. Does anyone else have other thoughts?

If if both parents or a solo parent works fulltime. It takes juggling! It is not easy, especially when unexpected things happen and they regularly do, like an ill child disrupting normal childcare arrangements or school holidays so child not cared for by school.

In the UK women have to take 2 weeks off following the birth of a child. They can then return to work. Or either parent is entitled to 9months statuary pay from the government. The parent can then take a further 3 months unpaid and be guaranteed their job. The parent’s company may add to the statutory pay. In the UK it is still the female that takes more of the leave than the man.

The following post, details a couple of women’s career.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/03/08/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-coffee-morning-in-honour-of-international-womens-day-pressforprogress/

The post above talks about how nurses used to be men. Today, in the UK it, is very different. I was on a course yesterday called ‘understanding cancer and it’s treatment’ there was mostly nurses there, a couple of physios and one holistic therapist and they were all women.