Well, hello there, fellow wanderlusting millennials! In case you didn’t already know, I have visited over 70 countries in my 20-something years on this planet. So now I am going to help you understand how those experiences have helped me enhance my life and my resume. Curious? Read on!
One way that these experiences have definitely helped me is by enabling me to have multicultural experiences. Potential employers love to see that you have an appreciation for and an understanding of other countries, especially if they are countries in which the company operates. For example, I have worked for several months in Italy, the United Kingdom and India, and these experiences have impressed graduate school acceptance boards, professors, advisors, professional organizations and potential employers.
Another way they have helped is that they emphasize my expanded worldview. This can apply to travel within the United States, not only abroad. By experiencing other places and other cultures, your own understanding of self is improved, and that really impresses potential employers.
Perhaps the biggest way traveling has impacted my resume is that it has inspired me to learn new languages and develop new skills. By traveling to different places with vastly different economies and systems of governance: I have discovered my passions for economics, international relations, and philanthropy, which is what I ended up studying for my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.
The last way that traveling helped my resume is by enabling me to have an increased level of empathy for the rest of the world, and that is reflected through my charitable experiences (which employers really value). When I was younger, I got the chance to visit Egypt, which was truly a life-changing experience. Because I was able to see Egypt before the War in the Middle East, I had a great fondness for the region.
When I see news about the destruction and chaos currently going on in the Middle East (particularly in Syria, currently), it inspires me to try to give back in whichever ways I can. Those pursuits have impressed a multitude of important people, including: graduate school acceptance boards, professors, advisers, professional organizations and potential employers.
I understand it can sometimes be hard to actually travel and gain those experiences firsthand. But I think having a better understanding about the world gives your resume that “something extra” that leads to the next great thing in your life. To that point, I say even “armchair travel” through a good book, a documentary, a new movie, or even just the Internet can help that resume really shine! Good luck, and happy travels!