hi girls! did anybody see this article on yahoo today: http://finance.yahoo.com/career-work/article/103762/How-to-Take-a-Year-Off-Without-Ruining-Your-Career?mod=oneclick anyway, the article seems to be very specific about a particular set of circumstances. but i was wondering what employers tend to think about a year of non-work or non-career-related activity? i'm basically making a big career change... as some of you might know, i quit med/grad school because i was absolutely miserable, and am in the process of applying to law school instead... it's a huge jump, i know, but i've really looked into law as a career, sat in on law school classes, interrogated lawyer friends, etc. and just really feel amazed that there really is a career out there that could be such a perfect match for me. anyway, i originally thought about working as a paralegal or something else in a law firm for awhile to "gain experience"... but i've been thinking a lot, also, about just relaxing for a year, living off of odd jobs (tutoring, part-time admin assts), maybe trying to write a book (i have tons of short stories lying around that i would like to expand)... would i really have to justify this to future employers? i just feel kind of burned out... worked essentially 12-14 hour days for the last 5 years and would really like to take a break and do something different. have any of you taken time off like this? what did you do during your "sabbatical"?