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Reboot | Issac John | Book Review

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ HarperBusiness (5 November 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 200 pages

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Reboot: How to Manage Career Breaks and Return with Greater Success by Issac John is a reader-friendly guide on how one can make a comeback after taking a sabbatical (a career break). Usually, gap years on one’s resume are looked down upon, especially in India. However, as John argues, things are changing and the world is becoming more open to the idea of taking time off and figuring out ‘what next!’

The book has a three-fold purpose – to normalize career breaks, to highlight the unique things that can happen while one is on a career break, and to share some practical tips and advice that can help you make a comeback. It effectively captures the highs and lows of a career break and offers a practical framework to follow to plan a break and rejoin the workforce.

The book consists of anecdotes from John’s life, including two voluntary breaks he took to pursue different things. He shares the good, the bad, and everything that went into the grind before his efforts saw the light of day. Besides, he also describes the experiences from the lives of other professionals who took breaks in their careers and then made successful comebacks. Their journey was also full of negotiations, hard conversations, and tough choices. Nevertheless, everything was worth it for the fulfilment in the long run.

John’s writing is easy and comprehensible. His dealing with an important topic such as career break is commendable and the way this book breaks down the process is enjoyable to read. I believe that this book will help both seasoned professionals as well as those who are just starting. Be it paternal breaks, finances, societal taboos, and more; the book attempts to cover the breadth of career breaks and does so gracefully.

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