If you toil inside a cubical or office I know you’ve considered it. A career break for travel; it’s the dream your good judgement hasn’t allowed. Many never take the risk because a career break leaves an uncomfortable gap in their work experience. They are wrong, a CV with only formal education and quality work experience is meek. I want you to appreciate the career benefits of travel because working your life away does not make you the most valuable employee.
- A career break for travel provides new perspective and challenges your outlook on life. I guarantee that anyone who has tested their values and knows their dreams will stand out as confident, and confidence impresses the pants off employers.
- Travel long-term and you’ll encounter and overcome serious issues. After traveling long enough, many stressful workplace issues will seem small, not even worth sweating over. Once surviving a border controls interrogation room, seeing the boss get upset over a forgotten signature will seem comical.
[/td_text_with_title][td_text_with_title custom_title=”Leadership Skills Learned while Taking a Career Break” header_color=”#1e73be”]Good employers pay thousands for career development training to improve employee leadership skills. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. That’s why interviewers are on the lookout for candidates with more than just technical know-how, they want people who already have leadership skills.
- Taking a break from your career to travel is clear evidence that you are able to take control of your career path. Instead of just talking about it, you follow your passion. Stepping outside your comfort zone sounds like leadership potential to me.
- The road is a master educator. When you leave work to go traveling your career break will teach decision making, risk assessment, patience, and adaptability skills. You can be memorable to employers by re-counting travel situations that prove your capacity with a skill and how the experience will help you in the future.
[/td_text_with_title][td_text_with_title custom_title=”Interviewing After Taking Career Break for Travel” header_color=”#81d742″]A gap in your work experience will only be seen as negative if you portray it as negative. Don’t do it. Your break from work sets you apart from other interview candidates and makes you interesting. Your travels are a superpower to exploit.
- When small talk about your travel happens (and it will), give the interviewer a professionalism super-punch by describing the focus of your career break. You pushed yourself to take a passion (volunteering, writing, diving, skiing, whatever) to a new level. Play up the skills learned or improved during your career break for travel. And remember (dumbass), an interview is not the time to mention all the fun you had partying.
[/td_text_with_title][td_text_with_title custom_title=”Conclusion”]Being excellent at your job doesn’t mean always being at your job. You can learn skills that make you valuable at work while taking a career break to go traveling. Long-term travel builds your confidence, you learn not to sweat the small stuff.
Returning to a career after taking a break is not difficult. You’ve proven your commitment to personal development and learned leadership skills. Your unique story stands out to interviewers and, if you communicate the focus of your travels and how it benefits the company, you should have no issues re-entering your career path.
Warning: Show the interviewer you’re the best fit for their company, not how awesome you are. Go prepared by reading The Travel Type’s post: Stop Being a Jerk: 5 Rules for Talking About Your Travel[/td_text_with_title]