There are a million cliches out there about how travel changes you, but have you ever thought about how you can use your experiences to land you your dream job? Employers are always looking for that special something that sets you apart from a sea of other candidates. It’s up to you to stand out and international travel experience is an excellent way to do so. Here are three ways you can use your EF College Break travel experience on your resume, Linked In profile, or in an interview:
Teamwork makes the dream work.
Traveling with a group teaches you how to cooperate and coexist with other people who may be different from yourself. Your travel crew comes from all across the country, so learning to work together to make your trip a blast is a valuable skill. In the workplace, no one wants a one man wolfpack, so bring up how you took initiative in a group setting and worked with others to achieve a common goal.
When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.
Going abroad means being adaptable to a multitude of situations. Many times in the working world, you need to learn to roll with the punches. Employers want creative thinkers and problem solvers, so tell them about that time you missed a train in Spain and what you did to make up for lost time or how you didn’t speak the language in France and got directions while miming in the subway station. It’s all about thinking outside the box.
It’s all about the Benjamins.
Let’s be honest. Travel requires time and money management skills, which translate well into the business world. Employers want to know you won’t be making it rain with company money and are conscious about costs incurred by the business.This doesn’t necessarily mean being frugal, but rather spending smart. Bring up how you used our automatic payment plan and budgeted money to travel before your trip and how you budgeted your spending money throughout your trip.
They also want to know you know how to budget your time efficiently. At any time, you will have competing priorities, but it’s up to you to keep it all straight. Whether it’s making lists- like your travel bucket list- or setting your schedule to make sure each task gets completed- just like you would when creating an itinerary- it lets your future boss know that you mean business.
Hopefully, these quick tips inspire you to think of other ways your travel experiences can help you in your professional life, while maintaining your title as the most interesting person in your crew.