Having worked at my employer for twenty-two years I’ve accrued a pretty decent long service leave balance, to the point it has come to the point of their saying huh-hmm start using it please. Sadly, as that request came so did the world fall prey to COVID-19 and travel looking like becoming a non-event for the longest while. What to do?
My initial thoughts had been to defer the first bank I’d use into 2022, save funds and then holiday in Canada around July. Lately there’s been suggestion that travel may not really recover until 2024, and may be expensive as result. I’m not keen to sit on a plane with anyone potentially infected, so now am abandoning travel plans for the moment.
Now, I’m looking at using 24 weeks, 2 days per week, to study an accelerated Master of Cyber Security program offered at work. I would start in early March 2021 and complete in late-February 2023. The pace would be gruelling, so I would very much rely upon annual leave for needed down time. Each unit is only 7 weeks duration compared to normal units 12 weeks, so definitely need to be on top of things. All the same, it’s exciting the prospect.