A while back I was talking to a friend of mine (he runs his own consulting business), and he mentioned the only thing he'd done in the past 6 months was make a small boat for sailing around a nearby lake. I asked him about his job, he said he was on a sabbatical. Now I've heard about this for university professors, but never for Software Engineers. His justification was that you get burnt out after a while, if you don't just take a break completely. I'd have to say I agree, though I think he is in a rare situation that he can do that.
A lot of investment banks and management consultancies not only support it, but strongly recommend it.
Intel employees get a sabbatical every 7 years.
Well if you run your own consulting business, you can take vacations whenever you want. I took 6 weeks to go to africa, and 3 months to visit my parents back at the ranch where I did very little except drink lemonade and play golf.
In the company I work for all employees get a sabbatical every 7 years......
Do you guys get Long Service Leave?
My company is right in the middle, in that they offer a sabbatical after five years of service, but it's nowhere near a year long -- it's a month. I've been around for just under four years. That's the good news.
I took a 100 day sabbatical this year (summer), one of the best things I ever did. I highly recommend it.
I took a sabbitical last year to live in Warsaw, Poland for a year. :) And, yeah, at the time, I had my own company. I have a "real" job now, but I think having a position or your own company where you can take a sabbitical is totally the way to go.
Being an aussie, I am probably thinking the same as Aussie Chick here when I say shouldn't you have a government requirement for this sort of thing - yes long service leave is compulsory and gives a you a 3 month holiday (that you can take in parts or in whole) after 10 years of service. - sure 3 months isn't a whole year and 10 years is a long time, but to tell you the truth I get bored by the last week if I take a whole month off work at christmas time, so I couldn't handle a whole year off.
Typical paid vacation time for "short timers" (less than 5 years with the company) is 2 weeks. Plus about another week of paid holidays scattered around the calendar.
Umm, I meant to put "Typical paid vacation IN THE US..."
Here, we get 6 weeks paid vacation time per year. In addition to this, there is a 1 year paid sabbatical every seven years. I used the last two to do research that was of interest to me and each sabbatical resulted in a couple of papers, though I'm not required to do anything. Some researchers just go on extended hiking tours in Asia, or build hot air balloons, or whatever. I'll probably do something like that at during my next one in 2008.
I get 4 weeks paid vacation per year, and three months long service leave (you could call it a sabbatical) after 10 years in the job (I have 9 years, 4 months to go). In Australia, by the way.
I took a sabbatical for 5 months of 2001. It was called "being laid off". I don't recommend doing it that way, though. :-p
Brad Wilson (dotnetguy.techieswithcats.com)
Ya, its really sad that there is so much pressure to find a job after being laid off, as if your value as an employee is somehow inversely correlated to the amount of time it takes to find a new one. Assuming that there is some savings to live off of, this seems like a natural time to take a break.
I am going to take a sabattical from May to September on reduced pay...fair enough I suppose. I have some ideas about what i want to do however I haven't started concrete planning yet. Has anyone any thoughts on this?
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