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Taking a break in career

 
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Hi,

I have not posted though have been an active lurker for quite a long time now ! I am in a dilemma regarding my career and wanted to get some opinions from folks in the software/IT field.

I am a software developer with over 8 years of experience in the US software industry. I am currently working (in the US) but I am considering taking off for 1 year to take care of my infant son. I would really like to stay home to take care of my baby but fear that with the current state of the job market in the software field, it will be very hard for me to get a job again. In fact I see that the barrier to re-entry is higher in the IT area than compared to other fields, where people take off for 1 or 2 years and are able to comfortably re-enter their profession.

Do you think I will be harming my chances in employability by taking a year's gap or am I being paranoid here ? Has anyone (I guess some women developers may have done this) attempted this and what was your experience ?

Thanks !
Mona
[ May 19, 2005: Message edited by: Mona Mehta ]
 
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It depends on your grasping power.Employment without break keeps your brain active.In your one year sabbatical you need to revise the concepts,read something so that you will not feel you lack behind others.
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I'm not that brave, myself. It was too much of a struggle even back in the early '90's when I'd only been off 7 months. Partly it's because they only give you credit for keeping up technologically when you're actually being pad for it, and partly because in a buyer's job market, they prefer people who are too desperate to just up and leave because they feel the need for a sabbatical.
 
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Yup. I'm still having to explain a spell of unemployment in 2003.

I'd look to join a kid-friendly employer if you can.
 
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If you have a solid resume, try getting a telecommuting job, even for very low wages. The fact that you worked from home for a year won't show up in your resume.
 
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