Take a break

Prodege / Other paymemor3
Dec 10, 2019 331 Comments

Anyone here ever just take a few months off from the rat race?

I feel like I'm not doing anyone any favors by dragging my feet into work and praying that 5pm rolls around. I want my life back and im just burnt out.

Would love to get laid off to collect some severance and unemployment. How do blind?

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TOP 331 Comments
  • Facebook ineffable0
    Yes I did, left my last job in March and joined FB in September
    Dec 10, 2019 11
    • So inspiring. Did you leetcode while you were on vacation?
      Dec 12, 2019
    • Facebook ineffable0
      @demonslayr no only when I came back
      Dec 15, 2019
  • Goldman Sachs 🤙🏻MrYang
    Yes, many times
    Dec 10, 2019 0
  • New / Product

    New Product

    Did it, loved it, cant wait to do it again.

    Took a decent severance, roadtripped, got drunk without thinking about the 3 day hangover.

    Turn off your phone for the first week.
    Dec 10, 2019 0
  • Yep. And come back rested and making more money. Last time I took 5 months off. Vacationed, worked 1:1 with a job coach to determine a career plan, and worked out of a small business incubator so I could get to know cool people during the day. It was great. Ive done this 2-3 times. I think I’m over my quota until I marry wealthy.
    Dec 10, 2019 9
    • Facebook zdnj42
      i’m in the same boat
      Dec 11, 2019
    • The incubator was in the Midwest. I used my college business coach. They offer free 1:1 career consulting for life. That being said a friend and I are packaging together what we’ve done to job hop and find our niche during these breaks or while holding a job. We’re crazily good at it now. Piloting the program on 2 of our friends. There’s definitely a formula to “responsibly” take sabbaticals and job search without the fear of being broke.
      Dec 13, 2019
  • Prodege / Other paymemor3
    tips on getting laid off? Not kidding
    Dec 11, 2019 7
  • Neato Robotics mark7
    You think it’s rat race cause you think yourself as a rat, I’m a goddamn lion.
    Dec 11, 2019 3
    • Intertrust Technologies yeah_nah
      I am a lion, hear me purr!
      Dec 12, 2019
    • Meetup 4zm7qe
      The Stockholm Syndrome is strong with this one
      Dec 12, 2019
  • Tubular Labs km18
    I did, but not voluntarily (got PIP’d). At the time it happened I was upset for a while and got depressed. But I spent the past few months catching up on sleep, de stressing, traveling, meeting up with old-time friends, and really thinking about what I want to do next in life. I realized my strengths and my ideal work environment, and started to look for jobs that have what I’m looking for. Today, I accepted an offer for a higher paying job (+$30K more) and will start in January! The company allows me to work remotely and has a great WLB (you can start/end whenever as long as you get your work done). My side gigs also really started to take off. A negative situation really turned into a positive one 😁
    Dec 11, 2019 7
    • Goldman Sachs 🤙🏻MrYang
      Tell us your story, km18!
      Dec 12, 2019
    • OpenTable JpbN48
      Tell us
      Dec 12, 2019
  • Sure did. Then the bank took the house, the wife took the kids, and the dog took a sh1t on my shoes before wandering off into the night. All in all quite a nice change from the rat race.
    Dec 11, 2019 1
    • Amazon / Eng OlAl28
      Dec 11, 2019
  • Akamai Technologies pkaboo2967
    Forced break here. I got let go back in 2009. Greatest thing that happened to me. It was amazing to no have work stress. Since then I learned not to stress work as well.
    Dec 11, 2019 6
    • Salesforce lim t->inf
      I think I too was in grad school then. Well, mid 20s is completely different. You can live off a van. When you grow older you start to need a home 🙁
      Dec 11, 2019
    • Akamai Technologies pkaboo2967
      Yeah you 100% correct

      So being laid off taught me,

      every year in life you need to know how much money you need to survive two years without pay.

      Your job should never be your only source of income

      live below your means.

      With that said back to ops topic taking time away is extremely valuable. It reminds you on what is really important to you.
      Dec 11, 2019
  • Nutanix / R&D rMVP
    Taking break a luxury...
    - H1B Holder
    Dec 11, 2019 0


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