7 careers you can resume after 5 or more years out of the workforce
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- People take yearslong career breaks to raise children, care for sick relatives, go back to school, and plenty of other reasons.
- Taking time off from your career doesn't mean you can't reenter the workforce. There are several careers that are relatively easy to resume after five years or more of not working.
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Some career breaks are planned, while others might happen unexpectedly.
Perhaps you took a few years off to raise your child, or needed to care for a sick relative. Or maybe you were taking some time off for personal development or went back to school to further your education.
No matter why you're returning to the workforce after a long break, you might feel worried about your job prospects.
While it's true that you may not be able to pick up your career exactly where you left off, there are lots of ways to reenter the world of paid work. The gig economy provides a variety of freelance opportunities that allow you to pick up where you left off. Other careers might require you to brush up on your education or renew a professional license, but are still options for returning workers.
Many employers understand that people take breaks from work, so look for ways to spin your absence as a positive by highlighting the skills you gained during your work hiatus.
With that in mind, here are seven options for careers you can resume after five or more years out of the workforce.