Many people, especially those on a competitive career path, are very hesitant about taking some time off to travel the world.
“One day, when I’ve finished studying”, “One day, when I’ve made it in my career”, “One day, when the kids grow up”,
“One day, when I retire”….
We both know that day will never come, because there will always be something in the way.
There is no right time to travel, which is why you should do it RIGHT NOW – we can’t live our whole lives dreaming about the future.
But what about that career? Won’t it look bad on my CV – having a whole year just blank?
Here are some tips on how to travel and still make it look good on your resume…
Volunteer Or Work
Besides, there are so many types of volunteer work that you might actually find something which will be directly related to the skills needed in your job.
This will show that you have an incredible passion and love for your work, care about others and aren’t afraid of hard work.
If you have training and work in health care, taking a year off for medical volunteering abroad will be both a rewarding as well as a beneficial experience for your career.
A more general but also very beneficial option is to teach English abroad. There are both jobs where you volunteer for free as well as jobs that actually pay you a salary.
That way you can work, but still have time left over to explore the country you’re in and enjoy the best it has to offer, be it on the weekends and afternoons.
Just Want To Travel?
If you’re not into volunteering or working abroad but just want to travel, then don’t lie about it on your CV and say you had a work experience when you didn’t.
Instead, be honest about it and put your gap year under “Other Experience”, including the dates.
This, however, doesn’t mean that your experience wasn’t important.
You learn a lot of skills from traveling, it’s just about putting it down the right way on paper.
If you learned how to bargain and haggle, you’ve learned some great “negotiation skills”.
The planning, financing and organization of your trip taught you “planning and budgeting”, and how to keep a record of your expenses.
Your unplanned situations, culture shocks, and how you dealt with them can be put down as “adaptability”, and you can write about how you cultivated great “language and communication skills” when communicating with people and overcoming language barriers.
Show Off The Blog
Website designing, php coding, networking, writing, SEO and social media skills are all very good and useful skills to include!
The Big No-No
Many companies like that their employees have taken a year off because it often means they’ve “done it” already and won’t be traveling again.
Don’t let on that you might be leaving for another big trip, even if you are…
For those of you who are doubting whether to take that year off to travel the world, I hope this article gave you a kick in the right direction, and for those who have just finished a big trip, I hope this helps with working out what to write on your CV.