Doing damage to your job prospects is one of the biggest worries that puts people off going travelling. How do you explain that big gap in your employment history? But we've always said that travel can improve your career prospects, and now the results of a new survey back us up.
Hostelworld asked employers from eight different countries – the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, South Korea, and Brazil – if travelling makes a candidate more employable. 82% agreed that it does.
When asked why, 38% of people surveyed believed that travel boosts confidence, 37% thought it increased people skills, and 35% agreed it helps people adapt quickly to new situations.
"We know that for some people 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," said Feargal Mooney, Hostelworld CEO. "Our research shows that this doesn't have to be the case."
Importantly, 61% of respondents who had travelled themselves claimed to have done work abroad that looked good on their CV, while 46% networked while travelling to help them find a job once they were home.
"Travelling not only allows people the space and time to think about what they want to do with their lives and ignite their passions, but also provides you with invaluable skills including increased confidence that will help you stand out from the crowd," said Mooney. "Whatever stage of life you're in, there's really no excuse not to get out there and meet the world."