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How travelling and working abroad will boost your CV

Travelling and gap years seem to be ever increasing in popularity with young people in the UK. But with literally the world at your feet, where do you begin?

The first thing to think about is the variety of options available. While travelling may conjure up images of never ending beaches and partying, the reality is that there are many options to gain invaluable experiences. Here are some to consider:

  • Volunteering
  • Summer Camps
  • Work Exchange
  • Internships
  • Study
  • Erasmus+
  • Homestays

Soft skills – what are they and why are they important?

Hard skills are all the very specific things you need to be able to do – Maths for accounting, English for Journalism, Excel and Office for Admin etc.

Soft skills are less tied-down to a particular vocation and can make you stand out from the crowd. Soft skills can make your CV shine and travelling shows these off brilliantly. According to a 2016 LinkedIn survey, 59% of managers – Couldn’t get employees with right soft skills for their vacancy.

“Hard skills vary based on the job, but soft skills are required for every job…That makes soft skills extremely valuable.”

Guy Berger, economist at LinkedIn

Here are LinkedIn’s ‘Top 10 Most Sought After Soft Skills’ and they relate to travelling:

1. Good communicator You won’t go far without this!
2. Well organised Planning your trip
3. Team player Living, working with new people
4. Always punctual Flights, buses, commitments
5. Critical thinker Problem solving in new environments
6. Social Meeting new people
7. Creative thinker Blogs, video, photography
8. Interpersonal communicator Breaking language barriers
9. Easily adapts New cultures
10. Friendly personality Necessary to be successful


More soft skills you can improve by travelling:

  • Budgeting
  • Leadership
  • Self awareness
  • Common sense
  • Confidence
  • Independence
  • Language, culture and communication
  • What it means to be a Global Citizen