Is it worth intentionally taking a job with no growth/upward mobility but straight 40 hour weeks and pay raise to essentially take a break? I'm extremely burnt out from working 50-55+ hour weeks since March during wfh and am seriously considering this other job to get my life back for a year and then start looking for a high growth position if/when the uncertain job market settles down.

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Yes, this type of position can give you the rest you need to gain perspective so that you can figure out what you want your next step to be. Consider it a soft landing place to recuperate and gain back some normalcy. It is so hard to figure out what you want to do and to find a great new position when you are extremely burnt out and exhausted.

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You can also use the extra free time to invest in yourself a bit too. That could be exploring creative outlets to balance yourself or finding marketable skills to improve the next step you take in your career. You could potentially look into other sources or income too if that’s you’re kind of thing.

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I had a very highly rated senior who did just that over a year ago. He took a "lateral" position in industry (which most of his supervisors was below his rank and potential). But he wanted a 9-to-5 job to get his life back and explore other investment opportunitied.... I ran into him earlier this year (pre-Covid) as he was transitioning again to a much more reputable company. He was much happier and healthier after resting a year. If you need a break, do that to reassess your priorities and goals. There are many years of working so pace yourself. Best of luck!

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Been wanting to do the same, at this point any job would be good to get a break and I figure covid is an odd time anyways so a good time to do something careerwise like this

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