Maybe it’s enrolling for a pastry course in France. Or hiking the mountains of Nepal. It could even be working on a project right here in Singapore. Whatever the scenario, you probably have an idea of what you would do if you took some time off work. But the question is: could you really make it happen?

If you’ve been itching to take a sabbatical, you must have also been wondering if you deserve one. After all, as a 20-something who’s only been in the rat race a couple of years, taking a break might seem strange.

Many professionals rarely go on holiday, much less take a sabbatical. And even when they do, they’ve usually been working for quite some time. So here are few things to consider if you’re thinking of taking one.

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A version this article first appeared in CLEO October 2017.

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