How do I frame my career break in interviews?

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I was a successful investment banker and left because a restructure coincided with my then partner going through a severe mental health crisis. I accepted a buyout and took two years off. During this time I got involved in other things. I raised $200k in funding for a non-profit and helped my grandmother recover from a fall. I wish to return to my career, but how should I describe this time? Are people put off if I make it too personal? Male, 30s

Jonathan’s answer will be published on Monday February 6.

Jonathan Black is director of the Careers Service at the University of Oxford. Every fortnight he answers your questions on personal and career development and working life. Do you have a question for him? Email: [email protected]



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