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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
  • Acas guidance
  • 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.

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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. If you are unable to access an eBook, please see our Help and support advice or contact library@icaew.com.

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 leading business, finance and management journals. These journals are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

Will shared parental leave ever work?

Article looks at legislation passed in 2015 allowing shared parental leave in the UK. Topics covered include possible reform due to low uptake due to the structure and employment-related barriers for fathers.

Employers assist with return to work

Discusses return-to-work schemes, including initiatives by EY, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Herbert Smith Freehills and Lloyds Banking Group.

"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.

Acas guidance

Advice, guidance and practical resources on a wide variety of recruitment topics for both employers and employees, produced by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, Acas. Acas is the employment relations service for England, Scotland and Wales offering practical, independent and impartial advice to employers, employees and their representatives.


Flexible working requests: Acas video

October 2017

Acas short video in which an Acas adviser answers three commonly asked questions by employers and employees regarding flexible working: How do I change my contract; How do I deal with a request for flexible working; How can I reduce my working hours after returning from maternity leave.

Taking a career break from work

Acas advice for employees and employers on career breaks from work, covering key points and good practice to follow. Career breaks can bring benefits for both the business and the employee.

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. 

Taking a career break: what's stopping you?
Article on the TUC's workSMART site which answers common questions related to career breaks.

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 or email through our document supply service.

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