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Review your finances before a career break

The key is to not let a career break derail your financial plan, such as saving for retirement and healthcare coverage

ALSO REMEMBER: "If you intend to return to the workforce after the break, it's a good idea to maintain your professional contacts, and be prepared to have a succinct, positive answer when future employers ask why and how you took the break," Ms Pollak notes.

UNTIL a month ago, Andrew Lampert was moving up the career ladder in New York City as a pricing manager at an auto parts company.

Now, national parks are what Mr Lampert, 28, and his girlfriend Elise Murphy, 24, call home.

"The high cost of New York City can make it seem impossible...

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