Take heart those who worry that taking time out to travel the world may impact on their career, as new research reveals that 82% of employers actually think that it makes people more employable. That’s according to a new international study from global hostel booking site, Hostelworld, which questioned travellers and employers in nine countries.
According to the study, 62% of people who have travelled say that their experiences helped them to work out what they wanted to do with their life, and 51% say it helped them to figure out what they wanted to do professionally. In addition, 61% did work abroad that boosted their CV, and 46% met people who went on to help them secure their current job.
Travel is known to broaden the mind, and among the reasons people believe that it aids employability are that it boosts confidence, improves people skills, and helps people adapt to unknown situations. Other benefits cited include enhancing communication skills and teaching budgeting skills. The research also suggests that those who have travelled tend to be more entrepreneurial, and are more likely to be self-employed than those who haven’t.
“We know for some people that employment can be a barrier to travel, whether it be young adults wanting to get on the career ladder, or those further down the line with mortgages to pay,” says Feargal Mooney, chief executive officer at Hostelworld, which is headquartered in Dublin. “Our research shows that this doesn’t have to be the case, and that not only can travel make you more employable, the skills it provides you with pay dividends later on in your career.”