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Career breaks

A collection of books and articles to help if you're considering a career break.

What's on this page?

  • eBooks
  • Online articles
  • Useful links
  • Books and articles from the library

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Featured eBook

Get the best from a career break: How to make the most of your time away from the office
A & C Black (A & C Black, 2006)

This book covers all the key issues for anyone thinking about time out from the office. Includes how to make the most of a career break, weighing up the pros and cons of a career break, thinking about values and priorities, exploring the options open to you, assessing your financial situation, investigating flexible working and getting back into the swing of things.

You will need to be logged-in to the website to read this eBook.

Career confidence with CABA

ICAEW members are entitled to free, confidential support from CABA, including professional career support.

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The Library provides full text access to a selection of key business and reference eBooks from leading publishers. eBooks are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users.

Get the best from a career break: how to make the most from your time away from the office

Pros and cons of career breaks, the options available, personal finances, flexible working, returning to work after career breaks, and career development resources.

Terms of use: You are permitted to access, download, copy, or print out content from eBooks for your own research or study only, subject to the terms of use set by our suppliers and any restrictions imposed by individual publishers. Please see individual supplier pages for full terms of use.

Online articles

The library provides access to a range of articles in full text from leading business, finance and management journals. Access to articles is provided to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

"Managers are scared of pregnancy. And that means we're losing talent".

Explores issues faced by women when taking maternity leave or transitioning back to the workplace and how BDO is rethinking its approach in order to retain female talent.

Finding the 'on-ramp': Women who seek return to corporate life face hurdles

Article looking at how successful women are at returning to the work force after a career break.

Sabbaticals pay off

Paid sabbaticals allow employees to recharge and and boost retention, development and training at little cost.

I retired. Now how do I unretire?

Article providing information to retirees who would like to return to work.

Useful links

Career support
Articles and advice from the ICAEW on career progression, career breaks and redundancy, finding a job and working internationally.

CABA: Work
Tips and advice from the Chartered Accountants' Benevolent Association on dealing with work-related issues.

Articles and books in the Library collection

To find out how you can borrow books from the Library please see our guide to book loans.
You can obtain copies of articles or extracts of books and reports by post, fax or email through our document supply service.

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