Career Break Hits Pause On Rat Race

“A desk is a dangerous place from
which to view the world.” – John le Carre

If you’ve long been harboring dreams of trading in the cubicle for a chance to explore the world, Las Vegans will have the opportunity to learn how to take a career break Oct. 18. 

Meet, Plan, Go!, a national group which provides advice regarding career-break planning and travel, is holding expert panels in 17 cities across America on that day. Las Vegas is one of the selected cities and will bring together a panel of career-breakers, along with a financial adviser and a life coach. The goal of the event: to provide practical advice and to help ignite that spark to chase dreams of traveling, during the prime of our lives. And, to prove to would-be breakers that a career-break is just that, a break—not a life sentence of nemployment.

Essentially, a career-break is taking time away from the job. It can be anywhere from one month to longer (Meet, Plan, Go! defines it up to three years). It’s for those from their mid-20s to mid-50s—you can’t take a break from a career you haven’t yet started or are planning to soon exit. The addition of seeing the world makes the career-break a traveling break. Traveling can mean actually exploring the world, or going to live in a foreign country as an expat. It’s all about turning the career life on its head and taking a step off of American soil, passport in hand.

It’s an intriguing idea, but you might not think you can actually make the leap and quit your job. 

I did.

After living in Las Vegas for three years as a PR professional, and then relocating to Atlanta for another job in the same industry, I got tired. I had been chasing the dream of being successful in PR since my teens. At 30 years old, sure, I had a job, but that was it. I didn’t get to travel a lot. I ate, slept and breathed my job.

In 2010, I had enough and I wanted more.

With some money behind me, I quit my job and booked a ticket to Europe. For seven months, I backpacked solo through more than 15 countries, skipping the luxury and spending my nights in dorms with other backpackers.

Then, when my time traveling was over, I did what most people didn’t think could be done: I got a job. A job that was a higher position and a better title than I had before.

If you want to learn more about my break, or whether a career break could work for you, join me at the Las Vegas Meet, Travel, Go! event on Tuesday.