Career Breaks

Guidance to help you plan your career break, and support for when you’re ready to return to work.

Returning to work after a career break can be a daunting experience. Below is some guidance to help you in your career break, whether planned or unplanned, and resources to support you in returning to work.

Planned career breaks

Reduced subscriptions

Full, Associate or Affiliate Members who notify STEP of a change in their personal or financial circumstances may be eligible for a reduced rate of subscription, classified as Restricted members.

Restricted members pay a reduced subscription fee and continue to receive all member benefits, apart from their voting/standing rights.

Further information is available here.

CPD for members on a career break

Whilst you are on leave, there is no requirement for you to undertake CPD activities. On your return to work, however, you and your employer need to ensure that you are ready to meet the reasonable expectations of clients.

Keeping up to date

Keeping up to date with your skills and current issues in the profession is important when you plan to return to the workplace. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Networking

Building and maintaining a good network of contacts can pay dividends to your career, with online social networking now playing a major role.

Redundancy

Please tell us

The first thing you should do is let us know about your situation. You can do this by contacting us to let us know that you’re between jobs.

Reduced subscription

Full, Associate or Affiliate Members who notify STEP of a change in their personal or financial circumstances may be eligible for a reduced rate of subscription, classified as Restricted members.

Restricted members pay a reduced subscription fee and continue to receive all member benefits, apart from their voting/standing rights. More information is available here

Use our resources

Don’t get out of touch – make sure you keep up-to-date with the latest industry news and developments, and make the most of STEP’s resources to find your next role:

  • Opt-in to receive updates on jobs via the communication preferences centre and check out our Jobs Board.
  • Attend your local branch or chapter meetings to speak to other practitioners about any opportunities that might be available in their firms
  • Build your professional contacts through our LinkedIn Group.
  • Keep up-to-date with the latest developments to support your return to work, via the STEP Journal, TQR, and Industry News Digests
  • Develop your skills or learn a new specialism via a STEP Qualification
  • Use our free Career Innovation planning tool to help you find the next stage in your career.