Personally i find my travelling to be an asset at interviews. People must have experienced those god awful questions that interviewers ask - so, describe for me a situation where team work was important, tell me a difficult situation you found yourself in and how you got out of it etc etc. I have not yet had a single interview question which i wasnt able to answer with some amazing tale of adventure, discovery and aplomb from my travels. As long as you can thik of innovative ways to show that your travels werent mearly an opportunity to bum around and thay they have helped ur development in some way, shape or form, then employers will have no problems accepting the gaps in your career.
At least, this is what i have found thus far. Of course, coming back from 6 months in Japan and trying to get a job i may be proved wrong.....heres hoping im not!!!
Thanks very much for this comment. It help me to think about my ideals.
Tks again and pls keep posting.
Well, actually it depends on the kind of job you are applying for. If you have applied for a job, which requires traveling, interacting with people, keen observation skills and learning new culture quickly and adapting to it easily, then your interest will be very much appreciated. In addition to these points, if your job demands managing employees of different countries and if you have acquired that skill from your travel experiences, that is also good.
What happens if you take your "gap" year a few years after you have worked? Does it look worse for you on your CV?
I'm going to be travelling for a year starting from august and aside from possible missionary work in Asia, I won't be working along the way. Should I be looking for work along the way even though I can financially support myself for a year without working?
What if you are applying for a job, like Geography or Cultural Studies lecturer, and half of the faculty are people who lived in graduate schools to take their Ph.d in something like Indian Culture, while you spent months eating Indian food and taking photos of Hindu temples.
I don't normally write on forums, I just read them. Selfish I know. Anyway, after reading this one, I felt compelled to say that I agree completely with comments about close minded employers who don't value travel as a useful experience. I have just returned after being away from 6 months on the trip of a lifetime and if the decision to travel is detrimental to my future job prospects, then I don't care and would do it all again tomorrow! (if i had the money hahaha)
I've never found travel to be an issue finding jobs. I haven't stayed in one place for more than 3-4 years since I was 18. I'm always moving and picking up new jobs in my field, plus I have large gaps in my employment history. So far, every new employer has seen my travel background as an asset.
If they have concerns over whether or not I will stick around, they haven't voiced them to me.
I've found that if you can get to the interview stage, it becomes a huge asset, but prior to that you need to be very creative, or have a great Cover Letter to get to the interview stage.
After Uni I packed up and left and was travelling, with only bar jobs etc overseas, for 2.5 years. Initially on coming back I was sending resume's out everywhere, with what I beleieved to be a good cover letter.
After approximately a month I finally got an interview, and from there it was easy, as they were not only impressed with what I was able to do, but also a little jealous.
I'm now working in a job using my degree, and little do they know saving away to have another year or two away once I can save the coin.
It certainly never helped me, unfortunately (think I overdid the travel part!)