Work Experience Questions Answered

Part 1: Travel, Inspirational Quotes and Employability:

Be it on a Gap Year or a family holiday, travel is one of the best ways of boosting employability in today’s globally connected world. Here are some crazy good inspirational quotes about travel that really showcase what crossing borders can do for you.

Everyone loves a good inspirational travel quote and they have done for a while – back in 400AD St Augustine famously stated “the world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page” and even earlier, Aesop kicked off the trend with a slightly less inspirational and more basic, “adventure is worthwhile.” Whatever your opinion on travel, we can guarantee it will boost your employability. In what ways? Skills, stories and more. Don’t worry, we’ve called on a few more inspirational quotes to give us a hand explaining…

 

Stand out with new narrative:

“Travelling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

Before we even look at transferable skills, travel certainly gives you more to talk about throughout both the job and university application process. If you’ve attended one of our workshops you will know how much we talk about narrative when it comes to your brand, and travel gives you the sort of stories that support positive growth and can support you during an interview.

“Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less travelled by.” – Robert Frost

Simple really, if you travel right you will have given yourself something that automatically gives you a unique edge and differentiates you from the other candidates. Yet another great way to stand out from the crowd.

 

Global acumen:

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert

Ok, we’ve started with the obvious… One of PWC’s five core attributes, an understanding of our planet is fast becoming one of the most important employability skills as the world around us becomes even more connected. Travel boosts this understanding; you just need to make sure you pay attention as you globe trot.

 

Cultural sensitivity:

“Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain

Leading on from the above, a happy, diverse workforce is only possible if there is an understanding of the different cultures in today’s society. Employers are only looking for employees who can live in harmony with one another.

“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” – James Michener

Travel provides the perfect opportunity and an amazing, hands on way to learn about and engage with other cultures. Always be respectful when you travel and do a bit of revision before you step out into the unknown to maximise your experiences.

 

Teamwork:

“Travel – If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb

While we appreciate some chose to travel alone, we would encourage you at one stage or other to travel with someone else. Travel buddies are not only great in terms of security, but also give you someone to share experiences with and, when you come home, reminisce with.

“The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.” – Henry David Thoreau

Travelling with someone is a great way to develop teamwork skills and demonstrate you have what it takes to think of someone else and their needs – hugely important in the world of work as rarely people start the careers ladder alone.

 

Stay tuned next week for Part 2 which will kick things off by looking at leadership and explore concepts surrounding problem solving and travel – we know, interesting stuff, right? Spoiler alert, travelling is amazing when it comes to employability!