Should you take a career break like Jennifer Lawrence?

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Jennifer Lawrence is going to take a year off from working at the ripe old age of 23. But when is the right time to take a career break and can it be damaging?

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Jennifer Lawrence may be taking a year off from acting when the Hunger Games films are all finished.

Big shot movie producer Harvey Weinstein confirmed the actress is going to take some time off in an interview with the Sun on Sunday, saying JLaw didn't realise how much the film franchise would "dominate her life."

It may be no bad thing. JLaw is hot property at the mo, but there was that backlash against her winning the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress over Lupita Nyong'o, possibly spelling overkill times ahead.

If like JLaw you've been dreaming of a year off from life - when is a good time to do it?

When should you take an adult gap year?


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We asked Penny Davenport, career mentor and business coach, this exact question.

"For a gap year to make sense in your 20s or 30s, it has to stack up against your ultimate career goals. If you want to climb the ladder as quickly as possible or want to make a lot of money, it may not be right for you to pull out so young.

However, if you have a desire for a good work-life balance, want to learn a language or develop your independence, a gap year could make more sense," explains Penny.

Will it stop me getting a job afterwards?


"It is ideal to have a job to come back to, or to agree a sabbatical with your employer but if this isn't possible, build in a cushion into your finances to allow yourself time to look for work when you return," adds Penny.

"Focus on your transferable skills and consider how to combine them with your newly developed skills from your gap year to make yourself even more valuable. For example, if you are a secretary with great organisational skills, perhaps you can do a stint as a resort manager abroad for a travel company.

Although the concept of a mid-career gap year is gaining popularity with the social media generation, many employers are more traditional so they'll be looking for a purpose to your break so think logically."

For advice on careers, visit pennydavenport.co.uk

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