Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Expand your horizons...Travel abroad!

Our friends at Cosmic Coaching Centre wrote a great article about travelling abroad...

Let’s face it; traveling abroad is not as easy as it may seem, especially for many college students. Although career experts continuously encourage students to explore the world by traveling, the costs involved are often too much for them to handle. But money isn’t the only reason why many young people hesitate to pack their bags and explore other places. Interestingly, many students don’t see any good reasons they should spend time going abroad. Plus, they are not sure where they should go or what they need to experience. What they don’t realize is that taking some time off to visit different places, especially after graduation, can benefit them in several ways.

If you are about to graduate and you are getting ready to enter the workforce, be sure to consider traveling abroad first. Here are some good reasons why:

1. To know yourself more

By attending school, you will learn only the things you need to know in order to get a college degree. You get information from your professors, from books, and other materials made available to you by your institution. You then have a tedious routine that can make you feel so bored at time – go home, study, and sleep. What travelling can give you are lessons that you can gain through experience. The adventures you will have will allow you to be more self-reliant and responsible. At the same time, you will get to discover the traits and skills you have that you never thought you possessed.

2. To meet and deal with new people

One of the best things you can get from traveling is the chance to meet and socialize with strangers. Through your interactions with them, you will learn their customs, traditions, and cultures. All these can help you get a different, and perhaps a better perspective in life. You will also come to appreciate the things you have been taking for granted. What’s more, meeting people abroad will help you build a bigger network, which you can definitely utilize in your job search later on.

3. To relieve stress and recharge

Being a student can be very stressful. Considering your course load, school activities, reports, part-time work, and so on, it can be too overwhelming. The last thing you want to happen is for you to break down and lose your desire to become successful. That’s why you deserve to have a break and be relieved of stress. Going to a different place is one way to do this. You need not go too far, actually. Even a weekend out-of-town trip with your friends will be enough. Doing this will remind you how beautiful life is!

4. To discover the right career path

Your career success will pretty much depend on how you plan your career pathways. Knowing what path you should take will give you confidence that your career and personal goals are just within reach. By taking time off after school, you will have a chance to reflect upon yourself and what you want to achieve in life. Your experiences and the people you will meet while on travel will all contribute to your decision as to what career you should pursue.

Happy travels!

Jami Coughler, Senior Career Assistant
4th Year Public Health [Honours]; BA: Sociology [Honours] 

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