How to ask for a sabbatical – and make sure you get one!
- Step 1: Do your research. It’s no good steaming in asking for a sabbatical when you have no idea what the company policy is.
- Step 2: Make yourself valuable.
- Step 3: Show the value of a sabbatical.
- Step 4: Consider cover.
- Step 5: Ask for a sabbatical!
Can I get a sabbatical from work?
Taking a career break from work. People may take a career break, or sabbatical, for a number of reasons such as family commitments, travelling, volunteering or studying. However, there are no laws that cover taking a career break or sabbatical; therefore employees don’t have a statutory right to take leave.
What is a sabbatical leave from work?
A sabbatical is a period away from work, agreed with your employer. The word is sometimes used interchangeably with ‘career break’ or ‘adult gap year’, but the specific feature about a sabbatical is that you will come back to the same job.
How do I plan for a sabbatical?
Step Three: Plan What You’ll Do During Your Break
- Pursue your passion—travel, gardening, reading, writing, volunteering, social work, etc.
- Pursue a bunch of random things to discover your passion.
- Raise a family.
- Go back to school.
- Try a new career—entrepreneurship, freelancing, etc.
- Cross items off your bucket list.