Want To Make Yourself More Employable? Just Travel More
That vacation you've got your eye on is good for you in more ways than one.
According to a study conducted by Hostelworld, being well-travelled may make you more employable, not less.
In the survey of 1,000 people, 82 percent of UK employers in said they find people who have traveled widely to be more employable. 64 percent of the general population surveyed held the same view. The chief reason? It boosts confidence and people skills, and enables you to adapt to new situations better.
And from the perspective of people who’ve done some global gallivanting themselves, six out of ten said their travel experiences helped them figure out what they wanted to do with their lives. Around the same number of people felt that putting international experiences on their resume was a good look.
All of which makes sense, no? Studies have shown that traveling reduces overall stress, enhances creativity, boosts happiness, and decreases symptoms of depression. All of which would have a positive impact on you as an employee.
But a few important points: The study only surveyed people in the UK, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Brazil and South Korea. We already know Americans have issues taking and enjoying their vacation time. Last year, more than half didn’t take all their vacation days.
And let's not forget, the ability to travel is a considerable privilege that’s not accessible to everyone. But countries that have placed an emphasis on taking significant breaks from work by way of actual legislation, means vacation and travel is accessible to the working class in ways it simply isn’t in the States.
Every country in the EU, for instance, requires companies to provide employees with at least four weeks of paid vacation. This sets an entirely different tone among the citizenry, and this permission to travel the world has tremendous benefits from a larger cultural perspective.
Because not only is America tied up in a damaging workaholic culture, but our tendencies towards isolationism in some respects plays into larger issues, like being way behind in terms of being multilingual. And when we actually do set out to go on trips, we’re only half as likely as Europeans to go abroad and visit more than one country, according to a separate study by Hostelworld.
All of which is to say, the change has gotta start somewhere. If you’re on the fence about booking that four-week trip to Basque country, take heart in the notion that it’s going to improve your employment prospects—whilst simultaneously contributing to the dismantling of our work-obsessed culture and making our citizenry more worldly.
It’s basically your patriotic duty.
Words: Deena Drewis
Photo: Daria Kobayashi Ritch