There’s this constant pressure to get a job immediately after graduation. You even know of fellow fresh grads who have already secured positions in their respective (future) companies. The problem is you’re unsure of where to start, or what you really want to do.
And that’s okay. It’s normal to feel lost, or to take a break to think about what you want.
Pack your bags and take off to explore the world. Take a gap year and travel. Those job opportunities will still be there when you get back. You have one luxury those in the workforce no longer possess, and that is the luxury of time.
But wait, why should you travel when your peers are out there grabbing all the available jobs? To simply put it, travelling helps you develop as a person in more ways than an education or job would. When you travel, you’re not just discovering new places. You’ll find that you’ll also discover more about who you are (not that you already don’t).
You become a more confident version of yourself.
Get out of that bubble you’ve created for yourself, unknowingly or not. When you start getting comfortable in one place, you forget that there’s more to life than just building up a career. Push yourself to do more. But most of all, push yourself to get out of your comfort zone.
It can be anything from choosing to stay in a 12-bed dorm room instead of a hotel to jumping off a plane 30,000 feet from the ground. Accomplishing something you never thought you would comes with an exhilaration that only fuels your drive to achieve more in other areas of your life. All of a sudden, you can do anything – nothing seems impossible to attain.
You will change your perspective on approaching challenges.
One of the biggest challenges for a regular traveller is managing their finances each day so they get to travel for longer. Budgeting becomes a norm whilst on the road, and soon you’ll find that you’ve picked up a really great skill for your career.
You face plenty of other problems while travelling, forcing you to think on your feet. Unforeseen circumstances – missing a flight, falling ill, etc. – require you to make important decisions separate from the tedious planning you’ve already done. But it will push you to grow more adaptable, whether in travels or in life.
The word “networking” doesn’t give you the willies anymore.
When you travel, you’ll find yourself interacting with a whole lot of strangers – from roommates in your hostels to locals with in-depth knowledge about a place. You will become adept at striking up a conversation with anybody, which is just about the basis of networking.
And occasionally, you meet like-minded people and bond, promising to stay in touch over Facebook. Do stay in touch with them. The rule of thumb is the more people you know, the more doors open up for you. Plus, these people might have contacts in an industry that you’re very interested in getting into but have no way in.
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