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Hit the pause button in your career and take lessons in life

We speak of teachers ‘leaving the profession’ as if it is impossbile for them to ever return – but, actually, they can come back to the classroom rejuvenated after a break to pursue other life experiences

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Last year, I came across the work of Lisen Stromberg in the United States. She was working as a journalist and decided to write about the impact, particularly on women, of choosing to start a family. Her book Work, Pause, Thrive was an overnight success. Her position of “pausing” one’s career is refreshing and enabling.

When I had our two daughters, I wanted to pause my career to be a full-time mother. I was fortunate that our family circumstances allowed me to afford this and, in fact, it was seven years before I returned to full-time teaching. During that time, I learned so much about ...

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