…Yes, you travel in order to enjoy yourself by exploring foreign cultures …with everything that entails. However, in the process, you learn – it’s an education, really. You learn about the foreign culture itself, you learn about yourself as well as about other (foreign) people and ways of living. Moreover, you learn about your own culture – in general, you simply acquire perspective. As a result I argue that traveling builds character, which is why I believe travelers make good job candidates.
With a constant need for adventure in foreign cultures, travelers are obviously good communicators that do not set themselves limitations – on the contrary. As such, we have a lot to offer a work place – even if we have gaps in our resumes filled by traveling or periods of saving for traveling:
- We live to explore and acquire knowledge
- We like to try new things
- We take risks
- We know how to adapt to change
- We’re cultural thinkers with a open mind
- We think opposite in order to deal with foreign situations on out travels
- We’re willing to learn and welcome construct criticism in order to better ourselves and our skills
- We’re quick to make decisions
- We’re good at problem solving
- We’re dreamers who turn negative experiences into positive ones because, in our experience, we’ve found that there’s always a silver lining
As a traveler, which skills would you highlight as important skills learned during travels?