05 May 2017 | Career Advice | Guest Author
Planning a trip away before entering the job market or in between jobs? You might be surprised to know that a trip away can actually help you develop your professional skills. This is because travel can help you develop yourself and the world around you through the situations it presents.
This experience will help you develop skills that you can take with you into the workplace. Not to mention, sharing stories of your adventure is sure to help you standout from the crowd in an interview.
1. Develop your teamwork skills
A key skill many employers search for is the ability to work cooperatively with others and contribute to a group effort. Teamwork is a key question in most interviews and being able to think about any moments when you have cooperated with others will be important.
As you travel with others, you will need to plan trips and arrange common goals. In order to have a pleasant trip, everyone will need to communicate and actively participate. These experiences will give you the perfect moments to share with prospective employers and help land you an amazing job.
2. Build a network of contacts
The more you travel, the more people you will come in contact with around the globe. Besides making new friends personally, you will also benefit your career that you will broaden your connections and networking opportunities worldwide.
Other benefits of forging new connections include working on developing social skills and even learning foreign languages - all skills that will help you excel in the workplace.
3. Work on improving your communication and social skills
Communication and "people" skills are the most crucial and valued skills on the job market. From relating to others, negotiating and working with people from different backgrounds - you will experience this in the workplace and a successful career will hinge upon these skills.
As you travel, you will have to deal with different cultures, social norms and language barriers. If you are a conscientious traveller, then you will immerse yourself in these difference. You can do this by interacting with people from different parts of the world which in turn will make you a better listener and ultimately a better communicator.
4. Learn to manage your time
One skill that is critical to the workplace is efficient time management. This doesn't only involve getting things completed to deadline but it also includes setting priorities, goals and being smart about how you spend your time. This also means including important time for yourself outside of the workplace.
When you are on a trip, the most important factor to having an enjoyable holiday is effectively using your time away. It actually takes good planning skills to maximise the time on a trip. This all comes down to catching flights, being able to see an entire city in a short space of time or exploring multiple countries all in one year. Just like the workplace, this involves to-do lists, smart goals and careful calculation.
Plan your trip today!
Who knew you could grow and develop yourself professionally while travelling the world? Get out there and discover new places. The benefits from travel are endless - including becoming successful in your career.
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