Travelling abroad is the perfect way to increase your career prospects and help your future self out a little… This sounds like a great excuse for a holiday though, doesn’t it?

Maybe you are just looking for an excuse to head on a holiday, or maybe you’re genuinely interested in enhancing your career prospects and landing that dream job.

Either way, you’ll be surprised at just how beneficial travel can be to your Career and lets be honest, who doesn’t want to become more employable? You could end up getting a hefty pay rise or a great promotion, amongst countless other things. If this hasn’t been convincing enough already and you need a little more information before believing me, here’s a few ways that travel can help improve your career prospects.

1. You’ll Learn How To Deal With Stress

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There’s no doubt about it, travel and stress come hand in hand. Experiencing stress whilst travelling is something that is going to happen, regardless of how hard you try to avoid it. It’s not all bad though, this stress that you experience can teach you a lot and through time, without even realising, you will become better at dealing with stress.

When out in the world of work, stress can be a daily occurrence for many people and it’s more rare than you may think for employers to find staff who can deal with stress in a professional manner.

2. The Power Of Networking

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Yup, it’s true what people say – sometimes it’s not about what you know, but instead about who you know. Networking can be a tough nut to crack, especially if you’ve became comfortable in your job over the years and haven’t yet been introduced to the magical world of networking.

Travelling abroad pushes you out of that comfort zone, you’ll meet lots of new people, from all walks of life. Showing an interest in these people and making the effort to stay in contact with them could actually secure you a promotion or indeed, a brand new role. Word of mouth is a powerful thing, remember that!

3. You Could Learn A New Language

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If you take the time to learn a new language when abroad, oh boy, employers will be fighting over you! Well, not literally, but it could definitely make a huge difference when looking for a new job.

You don’t have to be fluent in the language, of course the more you know a language, the more favourable you could be to certain employers. Even knowing only the basics is a great way to show employers that you are a dedicated, hard-working and quick learner, traits that make you much more employable.

4. You Will Become More Open Minded

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Being an open minded individual can be extremely advantageous when looking for a new job role. Not many people carry this trait and it can be hard to stick to. Things like meeting new people and experiencing new cultures whilst travelling open your mind and make you more accepting of things in life. When in a job, it’s important that you are open-minded, that you can see more than one way of doing things, more than one side to the story and so on.

5. You Will Find Out What’s Right For You

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There’s nothing worse than being in a job that just isn’t well suited to you. It’s extremely demotivating and the longer you stick it out, the more worthless you begin to feel. At some point our lives, we’ve all been asked what type of job we think is right for ourselves. This is when we realise that we don’t actually know what job role we should be in.

Travelling can help with this, you’ll have plenty of free time to discover what is and isn’t for you in life. You could experience something new, that you actually have a passion for and would like to pursue a career in. It’s a learning curve, that should hopefully lead you down the right path in finding your ideal role.

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