If you’re about to finish a degree chances are you’ve been working yourself to the bone to push for that all important grade. You know your chosen subject in (and out and have the 17 essay submissions to prove it) and feel ready to take on the world of work! The reality however is not always that simple as securing job roles straight from University can be a difficult task, which is why many graduates are taking this time to live their travelling dreams! Not convinced it’s for you? Read these 6 Reasons to Travel after University:
- There is no better time to go!
OK so you may have the looming debt of your student loan and be raring to get your first full time job but this could be the best time for you to travel! Most graduates don’t have the commitments of work and a mortgage so have the freedom to take a lengthy trip away.
- It’s a great way to relax!
Spending the last stint at University cramming through the night for exams and reading endless books to quote in your dissertation it’s no wonder you’re feeling burnt out! Nothing like lying on a beach to help relieve those built up stresses…
- You have time to decide on your career!
A lot of students will end up in a career related to their chosen degree, but some of you may finish and decide it’s not how you picture spending the next years of your life. I studied dance at University but it took me a while after leaving (including 2 years teaching dance!) to realise I wanted a career in marketing. It’s important you enjoy your job so take a break to decide what you want.
- It can be a boost for your CV!
Travelling doesn’t have to just be about getting the best tan and getting drunk at Full Moon parties! You can actually collect some enviable skills and experience that will look great on your CV! Try and get experience working abroad and if you can, learn a new language! The best thing is you’ll be having fun whilst getting great experience!
- It will boost your confidence!
Spending your time travelling and meeting new people from all over the world is a perfect way to improve your communication skills. You will be living outside of your comfort zone as well so you will naturally grow more confident throughout your time away from home. Having confident communication skills is a desired skill on most job adverts, so why not improve yours now!
- Think of the stories!
How many of your parents / grandparents have told interesting stories about their travel at your age? My dad is always talking about “The time he lost a car in France” and I’m sure he has a lot more still to tell! This is a chance to make some incredible memories that will last a lifetime! Do you still need convincing?
Sophie Heaton (Digital Campaign Manager)