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How travel can make you a more appealing employee

Can travelling boost your job prospects? Absolutely.

Seeing the world isn't just a fun and fulfilling experience – it also sets you up to be far more employable. With help from the experts in youth travel and working holidaysThe Global Work & Travel Co., you can travel the world and add to your resume too! Here are a few ways that travelling the world can make you a more appealing employee. 



Offers you diverse work experience

From working a winter season in Canada, volunteering with wildlife in Africa, au pairing in London, or teaching English in Thailand, the work experience you gain when travelling is invaluable.


Working holidaymaker, Maddison Smith says working and travelling abroad shows you’re not afraid to throw yourself into the unknown and put your skills to the test in a completely foreign environment.


“Working overseas allowed me to accomplish a lot of goals I had set for myself, like climbing a mountain, travelling throughout Canada, and even some unexpected experiences I’ll always look back on, like getting chased by an elk,” Ms Smith said.


An overseas job or internship will also look great on your resume and talking about it in your interview will make you stand out from the crowd. According to research from Hostel World, 82 per cent of employers think you're better suited for a job if you've been travelling and you make an even more appealing employee if you have worked abroad. 


“I am so happy I chose to step outside my comfort zone and took the steps needed to complete a working holiday because it challenged me in ways I haven’t been before,” remarked Smith. 


“I have proven to myself that I had the courage and ability to try new thingsthis made me far more confident when I returned home and started applying for jobs.” 



Teaches you how to manage stress

Anyone who has travelled will know how stressful it can be trying to get from A to B whilst trying to work out foreign travel timetables, currency exchange rates, as well as travel etiquette. 


The more you deal with these sorts of situations, the easier it gets to cope with the stress, and (in theory) you should be able to transfer this ability to cope well under pressure to the workplace too.



Makes you more adaptable

Australian traveller, Ashleigh Jones who au paired with a family in Italy says learning to adapt to new environments is a great trait for the working world.


“The most rewarding part of my time overseas was the self-growth that came from the experience,” Ms Jones said. 


According to Lonsdale Institute, a study conducted by NACE found that 97 per cent of university graduates with international experience found a job within 12 months of graduating, compared with only 49 per cent of the general graduate population. 


Employers want to know that you’ll be able to cope if something unexpected happens and you’re required to step up and out of your normal role. 


“I became so much more confident, independent and happy within myself,” remarked Ms Jones.  


“All of this came from having to push outside of my comfort zone in a country where I did not know the language or anyone apart from my host family. 


Improves your budgeting and organisational skills

First and foremost, a traveller is financially disciplined.Travelling makes you more organised and forces you to take stock of your budgeting and income. 


This is a great quality to have in the workplace, as we all know how valuable an organised person is to have on the team.



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Published: 15 September 2019

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