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Do career breaks affect your career a great deal?

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Ok, So let us assume you've worked for a few years - say about 4-5 years or more. Sort of like you've always been employed - right after you graduated ( may be even before that ). And you've never had those two to three months all to yourself.. when you could say go on a long vacation, attend to your personal life, be a part of a major family event, design your own house, undertake some other creative assignments and stuff.. And you aren't really happy at your current workplace ( say you don't enjoy what you're working on currently at your workplace so much - so besides a pay check you wouldn't be losing much if you decided to quit ).

So do such breaks affect your career in the long run? What are your thoughts?

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Short breaks (say 2-3 months) between jobs can be defendable during interviews. Longer than that you really need a good reason. Because the longer the period, companies tend to think you are not interested in working/ looking for job ... and all of a sudden start looking. If you think blaming the (poor) job market during these long months, don't because of several possible reasons: eg you demand too high, your skill set is not what the market looking for, you looking for jobs that you are not qualified but you think you do qualify.
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