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What Is a Sabbatical?

Definition: Sabbatical

A sabbatical is extended leave from work that is a voluntary arrangement between an employee and her employer. Sometimes these are paid leaves (or partially paid) and some are unpaid, but usually you'll need to have been with your employer for a specified period of time to qualify for taking a haitus from work. Typically, sabbaticals are taken to fufill a career-related goal like intensive research or writing a book.

Do you have any goals that would require taking a sabbatical in the future?


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Meike Meike 7 years
I will likely take one next year in Germany. My goal is to become fluent in their language. It definitely will be helpful for me, career-wise.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
i wish that i had some reason to take a sabbatical - but unfortunately - i can't really justify it in the advertising world can i? when i was younger, i used to think that it was a bad thing to take one and that it mean that you were going to get treatment or something. it was really funny when i had a music teacher that went on one - and well...i guess it was legitimate but i needed someone to explain that to me :)
SillyGirl SillyGirl 7 years
I am planning on taking a 3-month sabbatical in 2011 to learn a foreign language abroad. (3 years away because i want to make sure my workplace has known me long enough to say ok, or I have felt I have been there long enough to say goodbye if they say no). 6 weeks of intense language study - 4 weeks of traveling in that country to better my language skills and attend professional conferences, and then 2 weeks of stopping somewhere else for more typical vacation fun.
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