Using a Vacation for a New Vocation

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

They're calling it a "vocation vacation." It happens when you take time off from your current job to try out working at a new job. But why would anyone want to spend their vacation doing work? Takeaway work contributor Beth Kobliner brings us some reasons why, and she shares her research with those who might want to try taking some time away from their jobs.

We also talk with Mike Leonard, a former participant in the Wilderness Volunteers program, who, after his trip, got a new job working outdoors and later, one in conservation and energy.

There are several companies that can help people go on one of these trips, including Vocation Vacations (which gives people the chance to try their hand at dream jobs such as actor, architect and baseball announcer), Transitions Abroad (which specializes in short-term gigs overseas) and (which hooks people up with seasonal jobs of three months or longer).



Mike Loenard

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer


Beth Kobliner

Comments [2]

Steve from Seattle WA

That is what I do year round two to three jobs a year, and each season (two seasons a year) I have two to three job offers that I have to pick one out of. Right now I'm skiing the Northwest and working. Next summer I be swimming, canoeing, and bike riding, hiking OOHH Yeah and working in the Catskills, NY. Lets back track for just a moment I was at St. John USVI for six months doing work and vaca-ing last winter.

But then I'm not one too be stuck in a rut and go to my home everynite grab a beer turn on the tub watch the news and a game or a sitcom go to bed an wake up for another day of the same as the day before.

As far personal devastation and prolonged unemployment, I leave every season for a short vacation (about a month on UE) with a savings in my checking account..

Jan. 26 2010 01:44 PM
frank urban

In light of the financial and personal devastation of prolonged unemployment, I think this piece (and I will try to be polite) is insensitive, clueless, twitterbrained, and best posted on a college bulletin board.
Sorry I tried.

Jan. 26 2010 09:13 AM

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