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    Hi I'm considering career options nit just limiting them to vocational degrees such as pharmacy and optometry although I do find Biology and chemistry interesting. No way considering medicine - just not for me maybe be good for others.
    Anways, I wanted to know that by doing a degree like pharmacy, optometry or even engineering, are career breaks possible? Now what I mean by this is like a month off just to go and I don't know travel when you want to. Now I like travelling and volunteering and reflecting in myself etc if that makes sense but I feel if you take a career break in a medical discipline (in the uk btw) like pharm or optometry you will forget everything and it will look bad on your cv to futute employers??? Is this trur or are career breaks possible . And also, do you think these degrees provide less skills than a generic degree like e.g biomed ?
    Thanks in advance and would appreciate any replies
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    Hi I'm considering career options nit just limiting them to vocational degrees such as pharmacy and optometry although I do find Biology and chemistry interesting. No way considering medicine - just not for me maybe be good for others.
    Anways, I wanted to know that by doing a degree like pharmacy, optometry or even engineering, are career breaks possible? Now what I mean by this is like a month off just to go and I don't know travel when you want to. Now I like travelling and volunteering and reflecting in myself etc if that makes sense but I feel if you take a career break in a medical discipline (in the uk btw) like pharm or optometry you will forget everything and it will look bad on your cv to futute employers??? Is this trur or are career breaks possible . And also, do you think these degrees provide less skills than a generic degree like e.g biomed ?
    Thanks in advance and would appreciate any replies
    This really depends on the organisation you work for and what their policies are. Some may allow you to take a month off at a time, assuming you have enough holidays, whereas others may limited the amount of consecutive days off you can take. Some may allow unpaid time-off for this. Some may allow you to take a sabbatical, particularly if you want a longer period off.

    If you take a month off via holidays, it wouldn't go on your CV, as you don't put holidays on a CV. And you almost certainly won't "forget everything" if you take a month off.
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    (Original post by Bluebell1234)
    Hi I'm considering career options nit just limiting them to vocational degrees such as pharmacy and optometry although I do find Biology and chemistry interesting. No way considering medicine - just not for me maybe be good for others.
    Anways, I wanted to know that by doing a degree like pharmacy, optometry or even engineering, are career breaks possible? Now what I mean by this is like a month off just to go and I don't know travel when you want to. Now I like travelling and volunteering and reflecting in myself etc if that makes sense but I feel if you take a career break in a medical discipline (in the uk btw) like pharm or optometry you will forget everything and it will look bad on your cv to futute employers??? Is this trur or are career breaks possible . And also, do you think these degrees provide less skills than a generic degree like e.g biomed ?
    Thanks in advance and would appreciate any replies
    Most companies will not allow holidays beyond 2 weeks as standard. But may do if you've been there a while and you request it a long time in advance (at least 6 months).

    Longer sabbaticals (nearly always unpaid) will depend on your specific employer, and are usually only offered after 5 years service, if at all...

    This is nothing to do with your career path question. If you don't know which career you want it's best to take a gap year and give yourself more time to decide. Maybe use that year to get some work experience in one of the fields and see if you enjoy it.

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