Whether you’re travelling for a career break, gap year, or sabbatical, an important element you will need to remember when travelling is how to incorporate your time and experiences into your résumé. There are hundreds of ways that travelling can better your CV, however, I have compiled a list of the top five reasons why travelling can boost your CV.
The first in my list would be: Communication Skills
In today’s society, many companies collaborate with foreign organisations and require you to work with people from a variety of cultures. Travelling around the world can illustrate excellent communication skills, as living and talking with a diverse group whilst travelling gives you a huge advantage at being accustomed to dealing/successfully working with a wide range of people, which will inevitably make you an even more attractive candidate when competing for a job in the future.
As an employee, it is crucial that you are able to adjust to your company’s policies and procedures, as being adaptable is an important skill that’s essential to working in any modern day business. When travelling, obstacles are bound to occur and if handled effectively can demonstrate flexibility and problem-solving skills. Moreover, it shows you are creative and forward thinking enough to take a situation you are confronted with and make it work for you or in the working world, for the benefit of the company.
Volunteering not only looks impressive on your CV, but is one of the most rewarding experiences you can be a part of. With so many types of volunteer work out there, your travelling experience can give you the skills needed in any chosen career. Not only will it show that you’ve had hands-on experience, but also your adaptability and love for new things and new people!
Fourth: Financial Planning
Going on a trip means being in a charge of a budget, a skill that is easily transferrable into most workplaces. Financial planning is something that’s crucial in some industries, but is ultimately transferrable across the entire business landscape. If you can successfully map out and stick to a budget, it shows you have self-control, a logical way of thinking, and the ability to make the most out of your resources.
Fifth: Self-sufficiency and decision making
For most people, a long-term trip is the first time when we have to rely purely on ourselves and not calling for back-up when things get tough. Deciding how to deal with a cancelled flight or just simply determining where you’re actually going to travel to next, recognising and improving your capacity for self-reliance will prepare you for every part of your future.
Sometimes it’s a fun decision such as what new kind of food to try next, or a hard one like “What do you do to stay healthy when you travel?”. Whatever the decisions are, we can assure you, you’ll be a lot better at making them after some extended traveling!
Overall, I advise you to use your travel experience in a way that helps you to stand out to potential employers and bare in mind that many of these experiences, if described in a professional manner, will make you stand out from other candidates.
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