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I find myself currently unemployed and intend to seize this opportunity to wait one whole year before actively seeking new employment. I do intend to take on a new job after this year, and in the meantime will be maintaining my online resumes with new accomplishments and skills.
I regard this time as part of my "career" (as opposed to taking a break from it), and I want my resume to show that it is deliberate and not an unfortunate gap while unsuccessfully seeking employment.
My conundrum is simply this: during this period, what would be a meaningful "occupation"? This is mostly for my LinkedIn profile, which will of course stay online during this period; afterwards, I'm sure I can come up with a meaningful phrase for my resume to "explain the job gap".
I plan to use this opportunity to engage in a number of time-consuming personal projects, advance my skill set by (among other things) taking (online) courses and certifications, writing a book (nothing serious, certainly no fountain of wealth), and last but not least enjoy my free time with my family (our daughter is a toddler). I'll also be spending time on personal development (which is rather too fluffy to put a better name on).
Coming back to work, I might be looking for a part time position, and I wouldn't rule out a change of profession, too. Most of my career I've been a software architect/developer/maintainer, and I do enjoy that sort of work but it might not be the best work for me -- I've never really taken time to consider otherwise.
Just to be clear, I believe this is distinct from (How do I explain not actively looking for a job until a year after I was laid off?) in that I am asking what to do during, not after the period where I'll not be holding a job. Another post (Taking a break between jobs) was closed for being off topic; I hope to avoid the same fate by asking a specific (and, I believe, interesting) question.