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1. Posted by skillybilly78 (Full Member 29 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi all again!!!,
Sorry to bother you all about work again! . I posted on this site last week asking if I should choose a good job or travelling, the response was great, and I eventually made my mind up to travel . However, at work today I got offered the chance to go on a really great course which would really enhance my career and I would gain a really good qualification, the down side is the course lasts for 6 months and it would spoil all of my plans to travel in Sept! I don't know what to do! Do I wait the extra 6 months and then travel? Am I just making up excuses? Do I throw all caution into the wind and just go? Am I just wasting my time gaining qualifications if i'm gonna leave my job to travel? All I know at the mo is that I really want to travel while i'm young enough to do it, but I also want to gain qualifications so I have a good choice to get a similar job when I come back! (if I come back!) I'm 26 at the moment, I have no life here as I left home 8 years ago for a job, I recently returned but all of my mates are settled down now, so basically I go to work and go home! Please can anyone help or advise me as i'm really stuck on which path to take!!! . Cheers, any help would be much appreciated!!

2. Posted by kelster (Full Member 51 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hello again!

Well. What is your job?

We can't make this decision for you, all I can say is......

Do you enjoy your job? If you do then it may be worth going on the course. Will your employer pay for the course? I assume so. If not then just go travelling cos you can do the course when you get home.
If you don't enjoy your job & don't think you will go back to that field when you get home then don't do the course, as you can always do another course when you get home, in something different.

However, the 6 months extra could give you time to save up whilst getting some qualifications which will be useful to you. 6 months isn't really that long either so it would be plenty of time to plan (mine has taken about 1 year to plan!) your trip while you study. It also depends how long you are planning to travel for, if you're going away for 6-12 months then it may be worth the wait. If you're going for 1 month then it may be also be worth the wait because that isn't very long & you can basically do that whenever.

The other thing is, does your work do this kind of thing often? If they are always offering you courses etc then it may end up before you know it you are 40 & have just stayed because you got offered a course every few months. Someone else on this board has said that employers do rate travelling on a cv & it gives you a different perspective on life.

I would say give yourself a definite date. Take the course or not, but book your travel dates in. See when you can afford to go & aim for then. That way you can go off round the world maybe a month after your course has finished & get the best of both worlds..

Sorry to go but on the other hand you may call me a hypocrite cos I turned down a promotion for a good job so I could go travelling, because I knew if I didn't go now then I never would & I would regret that.

3. Posted by (Full Member 26 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I think your answering your own questions....
There is more to life than money and there is also more than one job in this world! Travelling is a once in a lifetime opportunity and you only have the chance to do it whilst your young.
I think if you don't go travelling you'll always live to regret it.
But as kelster said we can't make this decision for you, I enjoy my job, but its not well paid and I'd hate to think I'd still be there in a years time, it sends shivers up my spine! But whatever you choose you can't look back and say "I wish I'd done something else" you just have to enjoy it and get the best out of it, whether its work or travel.