Job Offer Vs Travel
Replies: 30 - Last Post: Apr 7, 2012 10:12 AM Last Post By: gawkabout
Feb 29, 2012 12:32 AM
Job Offer Vs TravelHey everyone,
I am just graduating college this year, and was planning on working a summer serving job to save money and then travelling around Europe and Asia for 6 months. It is something that I have been wanting to do for a long time. Now I have just been offered my ideal job.. only problem is that it would start right away and is at least a one year contract (they want somebody more permanent). I know that I would gain a lot of experience travelling, but it's also hard to justify passing up an amazing job opportunity.
I guess that I am just wondering if anybody has been in a similar situation before, what you chose, and what your experience was (anything you would have changed?). I would appreciate hearing about anyone's experience in this type of situation! Thanks!
Feb 29, 2012 2:36 AM
1i have had a similar experience, though my planned trip was much shorter. i took the job which was a great experience and seasonal so i did get to take my trip after my contract ended. in my opinion you should take the job. work for a year, maybe 2. with an extra year or 2 working your might be able to put away abit more money to extend your trip or splurg a little to make it more worthwhile. who knows if you do a good job your first year working maybe they will hire you again when you get back.
if you choose to do the trip then chances are the job offer will be gone where as if you take the job you will always get the oppertunity to travel later.
in the end its your desision. but this is my opinion. best of luck and happy trails.
Feb 29, 2012 5:27 AM
2I'd agree with number 1....do the job for a year.You will presumably earn much more than you would in your summer serving job....and can start some serious saving.You will need it if you want to do a long trip in Europe ;-)
Feb 29, 2012 5:29 AM
3Of course,there is always the chance (and someone will be along to tell you-so I'll do it first)that you won't want to go after a year...or that you'll keep postponing the trip...and even that you'll never travel.
Maybe true,but you ALWAYS have a choice...if you have the budget.No money=few or no choices.....
Feb 29, 2012 6:04 AM
I have been in the same position; I graduated in 2010, in the midst of mass hiring freezes and when all my peers were taking part-time retail positions because that’s the only thing available.
My travel companion and I decided to work for just less than two years, saving all our pennies, gaining as much experience as possible, and preparing to extend our trip for a solid year. I can only give you the perspective from the option of working for a short time and then taking the trip of your dreams.
We feel that is the right decision, and as long as you feel you're disciplined enough not to keep pushing the trip back indefinitely, it may be a great choice for you as well.
We're both in finance and during our two years of working have managed to save enough (starting $2000 in debt) to take our dream trip across Eurasia, come back and live for one additional year (in case jobs are hard to come by) and also put a down payment on a house; we've been very focused on saving, but it can be done!
In the meantime, we've better planned out our trip, gained two years working experience, and gained one professional certification (that can better help find jobs when coming back) thus, focused on prepping ourselves to be best hirable when we return.
I'm not sure what industry your 'dream job' is in, but unless it's acting, sports, or music (or others where experience isn't necessary, more talent) you have to consider that experience will NEVER hurt you when you're trying to get a job.
-Also as a point of interest, most corporations will offer 'long-term leaves of absence' after one year of working with the company. If you really impress your superiors, the job may even be there when you get back.
Just know you HAVE to take the trip.
For us, it was the realization that if we took the trip we may or may not regret the trip in the short-run (e.g., difficulties getting hired and what not,) but in the long-run we would NEVER regret the trip.
Sorry for the long rant, but I hope I have helped somewhat. It's a tough decision, but as long as you take the trip either way, it will not make that much difference in 10 years.
P.S. We are leaving for our trip in 26 days; wish us luck!
Feb 29, 2012 11:32 AM
5I was in the same pickle a few years back. I had "only" traveled a few years, and "only" spoke a few languages. I was accepted at a university for a Spanish programme. I could already speak Spanish from Spain, but wanted the certificate because it was official. I looked at the books they used and they were only high school level. The course was only a year but in the end I didn't take it. I'm glad I didn't because I saw more countries, ended up living in Russia and Indonesia and gained more knowledge, languages etc. than I would have at home. If you keep postponing travel you'll never go. If you have enough money for say 3 months now, try traveling. You'll soon find out whether or not it's your thing. Try a few months and maybe you'll end up staying a year. Maybe you'll go back home. No shame in that, at least you tried.
What if you take this job, meet someone, get married and have kids next year. What if you get promoted next year?
This is your chance!
Feb 29, 2012 4:43 PM
6I was in the same pickle a few years back
I don't think your situation is really the same - you're talking about studying, whereas the OP is about taking a job whcih would allow her to save more money for travelling later.
I'd take the job for a year and plan to travel after that. You may find that the job isn't your 'dream job' after all, or you may love it, but be able to negotiate with the employer to take some time off at the end of the initial contract (which is easier if you do well and they want to keep you).
Feb 29, 2012 7:00 PM
7Take the job, get a promotion, get a pay rise, fall in love with the guy three cubicles down, get a really big TV, get engaged, get a mortgage, get married, get a dog, get pregnant........Travelling will seem a distant dream.
Of course it might not turn out to be like that, but once you start down a certain path, it becomes harder to break away.
Feb 29, 2012 7:46 PM
8Only you know if your job skills are truly valuable in today's employment market. Maybe you have specialized training which many employers would find of use. But if not, my bet is that if you're just graduating this year, without prior work experience, then you should take the job and get some work experience before heading off for a travel adventure. Because a year from now, you'll be competing with 2013 graduates for job offers.
The world will always be there for you to explore. Just make sure to do it before you have kids, because obviously that changes the picture completely.
Feb 29, 2012 10:22 PM
9Wow great diversified responses! I really appreciate hearing about your experiences and what your opinions are on the situation. My main worry about taking the job is that I won't end up travelling for years.. and just start accumulating more stuff in life (cars, furniture, temptation to buy a condo or acquire a new pet lol). It's sometimes good just to get advice from people that aren't necessarily close friends and family, so thank you. It's also really great to hear advice from people who have had to make the same type of choice!
You gave me lots to think about and I'll definitely let you guys know what I decided :)
CW - Your trip sounds very well deserved. I hope you have the time of your life! Thanks for the response.
Mar 1, 2012 12:17 AM
Mar 2, 2012 6:05 AM
11If you've never traveled before, go now. Your life will be full of "ideal jobs!"
My perspective: traveled straight out of University, traveled again a year later, met a guy, fell in love, stopped traveling for four years, cried my heart out about it, saved the whole time, traveling again! I really regret that I didn't do the traveling I was about to do when I chose to work and stay with my man. Now that I've lost those years, I don't have the same passion for old dreams that I never followed. Do it now. If you wait, you may find yourself regretting never going, but not being motivated to do it anymore.
Mar 2, 2012 6:13 AM
12If your life is indeed full of 'ideal jobs'...you are in a very small minority ;-)
If you look at the long term....a year or even 4 working is not much....you will have to work sometimes if you want to travel anyway (unless you inherit a million dollars or win the lottery)....to me it makes sense nowadays to work when you can make serious money-then spend it.
Rather than spend the money first and THEN look for a job..........
Mar 2, 2012 7:32 AM
13Take the job, travel later. You are very lucky to be offered your ideal job at such a young age, for lots of people this never happens.
You say the job is just for a year, but in my experience these things do tend to drag on - esp. if you're good at the job! - so perhaps you could make it clear at the start that you will be wanting a break to travel when the year is up.
If you do well, the company are quite likely to want to re-employ you after your break. If not, your work experience will give you a better chance of finding another good job.
Mar 2, 2012 11:04 AM
Not sure where the person who wrote this is from but this is not the case in North America.
Take the job. It's better to have a little more money in your pocket when taking off for a period of time so that when you return home you have a cushion in case you can't find the perfect job again. Make notes to yourself not to accumulate things. Don't carry your credit/debit card with you so you can't make impulse purchases. Set your accounts so that a percentage of your paycheck automatically goes to savings so when you look at the balance you don't see that money as funds you can spend.
Don't listen to the people who say that you can't travel once you have kids. You can if you want and plenty of people do so. It's just a different style of travel.
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