The Sabbatical Project: Category: Career change

Rebecca Finds the Space to Dream Up Her Next Chapter

Rebecca and her husband take their third sabbatical, dreaming up the next chapter of their life and creating a clear plan to achieve it.

The beauty about a sabbatical is that it is a sacred time that allows you to heal, reflect and dream. We set intentions, had clear objectives and organised our time…

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30s-40sCareer changeStories

Joel regains his true identity

Joel’s 24-week sabbatical gives him the opportunity to give back to his community and introspect to rediscover his true self.

Upon reflection during my sabbatical, I gained a deeper understanding of my work experiences. I recognized that my frustration was not solely based on unmet expectations at work, but also on my desire to contribute more my community

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20s-30sCareer changeStories

Andy moves from burnout to balanced entrepreneur

Andy’s sabbatical takes them from a software engineer experiencing burnout to an invigorated and balanced entrepreneur.

My break changed my life. It taught me how little I could survive on and caused me to re-evaluate my Silicon Valley lifestyle. It opened my eyes to new ways of being and working filled with balance, time off, and unstructured time to explore my various passions.

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20s-30s30s-40sCareer change

Elliot’s New Way to Be in the World

Elliot’s sabbatical allowed him to slow down, explore a new way of living, and connect to his purpose.

If you’re feeling like you’re just working all the time, just doing and taking care of things, disconnected from your own sense of magic, and needing to slow down, a sabbatical could be an incredible gift to yourself, to those around you, and to the world.

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30s-40sCareer changeCreativity

Cady Finds a New Way of Working

Cady quits her job to take a sabbatical which leads her to discover a new way of working and take control of her time.

My break taught me to tolerate a different way of working, one that isn’t filled with daily emergencies and mini-crises. One that includes balance, days off, and time to explore creative hobbies and interests.

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30s-40sCareer changeEntrepreneurship

Rainer’s Sabbatical and Career Transition

Rainer walks into his 40s on a 9-month sabbatical resulting in a career transition. His time off brings clarity on his next big move.

Life today is just so full and so fast and so loud, that anything we can do to simplify, slow down and find some silence is good. Sometimes to do that well we need a longer period of a break and investment that pours into your present and your future.

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30s-40sCareer changeMale

Milena Designs Her Sabbatical

Milena leverages her design thinking and strategic skills to plan a 12-week sabbatical miles away from home.

I took 3 months off of my work without pay and so did my partner. We saved up for 6 months in advance… using my design thinking brain when planning a sabbatical turned out to be a good thing.

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20s-30s30s-40sCareer change

Cinzia’s Career-Changing Sabbatical

From structuring derivatives to teaching about longevity and happiness, Cinzia’s incredible story shows how she made changes and found meaning for her life.

My sabbatical made me realize that I could not work for a company just to make money. I needed to have an impact and find meaning through my work.

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30s-40s50s+Career change

Grant Tests His Retirement Idea

When Grant approached some important milestones — 15th work anniversary, 50th birthday and 25th wedding anniversary — he figured re-energizing would help him enjoy them to the fullest.

My sabbatical proved to me that I really could slow down and enjoy smelling the roses!

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30s-40s50s+Career change

Alexandre’s Moment for Change

After some time in “autopilot mode”, Alexandre realizes he needs to take a sabbatical and make a big change. His time off allows him to spend time with his family and change his career.

If you fear you’re close to burn-out, I’d say it’s probably a very smart move to proactively take a sabbatical to think things over. 

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30s-40sCareer changeEntrepreneurship

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