Each year, graduating seniors are confronted with the choice of either jumping directly into the workforce or taking a gap year to travel the world. An estimated 37 percent of adults opt to transition from dorm to desk for fear that traveling will deter employers from offering them future job opportunities.
In a new study from Hostelworld, over 1,000 people from eight countries (including Italy, Portugal, Germany, South Korea, England, France and Spain) were surveyed on whether they believe traveling can affect one’s employability.
As part of the online survey, recruiters and hiring managers were questioned on whether a person’s job candidacy can be affected by traveling. Findings prove that an estimated 64 percent of adults in the United Kingdom agree that traveling benefits one’s career prospects, while a whopping 82 percent of employers answered that travel ultimately improves one’s candidacy.
The study found that a candidate who travels is viewed by potential employers as having improved communication skills, financial savvy (by virtue of budgeting for a trip) and—no surprises here—an open, global view of the world when compared to other candidates.
The data gathered from the online survey also revealed that travelers tend to be more independent and entrepreneurial in their respective careers; about 34 percent of people who travel frequently are self-employed versus 14 percent of people who have not.
“We know that for some people employment can be a barrier to travel—whether it be young adults wanting to get on the career ladder, or those further down the line with mortgages to pay—but our research shows that this doesn’t have to be the case.” Feargal Mooney, Chief Executive Officer at Hostelworld, told Business Insider.
With the job market saturated with post-grads looking to break into entry level positions, perhaps travel might be the key to getting one’s resume noticed and impressing future employers.