Are you a bit of a failure when it comes to sex (and love)? Have all your previous relationships seemed to have gone nowhere? Do you seem to find yourself in the friend zone more often than in someone's pants?
Well, here's the good news: you're not alone!
And here's the better news: we can help you fix it!
A surprising number of people taking career breaks do it after a relationship break-up. Your mates and your mum will tell you that running away from your problems won't help, but we'll tell you the truth - putting as much distance between you and your ex is a good thing - whether they're toxic, already with someone else, or you want them back.
The first thing it does is give you physical and mental distance - which you need. It's more painful to get over, but it's much quicker than seeing them all the time! It also makes you look confident, exciting and adventurous - all attractive qualities which they will doubtlessly miss the moment you step on that plane!
But what if you haven't even had a relationship to get over? No problem, my friend. Travelling the world and doing whatever cool thing you've chosen to do on your career break will immediately turn you into a more attractive person.
You'll learn to communicate better because you'll be meeting other people from all around the world, from different cultures and who speak different languages.
You'll be the kind of person who can fix a problem instead of bleating about it or calling your mum / dad / plumber. Because on the road, you have to! You'll become much more reliant on your own skills and that makes you look like a calm and capable adult.
You will get your crap together. Living out of a backpack, sorting out your placements, visas, tickets and everything else that comes with a career break means you have to learn to be organised otherwise you'll end up out of pocket, out of time and looking like an idiot. Being organised doesn't sound very sexy but a man or woman who looks like they've got it together definitely is.
You will probably get a tan. You might lose weight or get fitter from all the walking around and heaving your backpack about. Your skin will take on a new glow. You might even find yourself eating healthier food!
All of this makes you more confident, and that is the most attractive quality of all. You see it all the time - people hooking up with other people you reckon are totally out of their league - and that's because they're confident.
Also, when you travel the world, volunteering, working, taking a course or whatever it is you choose to do, you will meet hundreds of new people - and at least one of them is bound to find the new fit, confident you sexy.
We have lost count of the number of career breakers who've got together with fellow travellers, volunteers, workers or locals. Some have had a series of short-term relationships (very short term in some cases), others have had what you'd call a holiday romance, and some gone in for the long haul and have moved countries to live with their beloved! And plenty have even got married and had kids.
So if you're lacking confidence, feel unfit, bored or boring and unsexy as hell, take a career break and see where it gets you. And please send us an invite to the wedding!