This is a guide to assist BCS members in planning a break in their careers. Below is an excerpt from the Foreword written by past BCS President and member of BCSWomen, Rachel Burnett.

'Managing and maintaining a high standard of IT professionalism is of paramount importance to the BCS. Ensuring the supply and retention of skilled and quality professionals is a major concern.

'There is increasing workplace flexibility and adaptability, partly encouraged by technology advances, and also as people make choices about careers, lifestyles and personal commitments.

'Part of this workplace flexibility is an increasing number of mid-career professionals taking career breaks to travel, to volunteer or to provide care for a partner, family member or even themselves.

'As more people move temporarily in and out of the workforce for varied reasons, it is vital we encourage them to return to IT to maintain a healthy and diverse profession.'

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