The Movement is on the Move!
Back in April I wrote about starting a career break movement and the challenges around introducing a new term into the public’s vocabulary. We at Briefcase to Backpack have a dream to get more and more people talking about AND taking traveling career breaks. We aren’t picky – we don’t care how long they are, or where you go. But go you must. Go out and see the world, open up your mind, shake up your perceptions, and get the best education out there…the world’s cultures.
Back in April the only people using the term career break seemed to be Beyonce, a handful of other celebrities, moms, and of course Michaela and me on Briefcase to Backpack. But I’ve noticed a change in the air; my Google alert is filled with more and more articles about career break travel. Sure, the majority of them are still coming from the UK, but we are starting to make a small dent in the corporate America armor.
Society’s mindset is challenging the long adopted idea of ‘work your ass off until retirement – then have fun’. Some of us no longer feel we need to operate on this delayed gratification life journey. We are finding ways to balance it all and challenge the way people look at retirement and their careers. Good work America!
Just check out who’s talking about career breaks now:
- USA Today: Want to quit your job and travel? Sign up for Meet, Plan, Go
- SF Gate (home of San Francisco Chronicle): Interested in Long-Term Travel? Get yourself to Meet, Plan, Go!
- Boston Herald: Ever Dream of Quitting Your Job to Travel?
- TimeOut New York: How to Network Offline
And career breaks also hit the television airwaves in Chicago:
- WGN News Chicago – Local Woman’s ‘Eat Pray Love’ Adventure
The press coverage isn’t just about the dreamy idea of quitting your job and traveling – recently people have been looking at some of the benefits of travel. Last week while reading an in-flight magazine I also came across this article from the Harvard Business Review – Be a Better Manager: Live Abroad. Based on a research study, they found people who have international experience or identify with more than one nationality are better problem solvers and display more creativity. What’s more, they found that people with this international experience are more likely to create new businesses/products and to be promoted.
But to top it off, this last weekend career breaks hit the big time…The New York Times Travel Section: Making the Dream Trip a Reality covers how to overcome the hurdles to taking career breaks and making it a reality.
With press coverage come more people’s opinions – good and bad. As I read some of the comments on these stories, I see people who are embracing the idea and plenty who think it’s a terrible idea to break from your job to travel. I know career breaks aren’t for everyone, but I welcome and embrace the conversation – pro or con.
People talking about career breaks are better than no one talking at all! This ‘talk’ means more people are considering where they stand on the subject. It’s a little ripple that will travel outward picking up more supporters along the way. Maybe it will even turn into a wave!
But I say don’t listen to the reporters – don’t even listen to us! Instead, listen to you; does it resonate with you? Are you someone who reads these stories of career breaks and thinks – that’s kind of cool. You may be fearful of taking a break, but it also intrigues you at the same time. For those people, I say, “Join us.” Once the internet starts talking, and it hits the airwaves, and then into print…well…I’d say we have the beginnings of a real movement on our hands….come join us and help spread the word!
Here’s how you can help be a part of the Career Break movement:
- Sign up for our career break newsletter
- Join our Briefcase to Backpack and Meet, Plan, Go! Facebook Fan Pages
- Follow us on Twitter
- But most importantly – SHARE! ‘Like’ our articles, forward them on, tell an overworked friend, talk about career breaks over dinner, and inspire others to consider the path less traveled.