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6 Reasons Why Traveling The World Is The Best Career Decision You Can Make In Your 20s

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The truth is, seeing the world gives your professional future an instant makeover. Traveling to other countries will transform your outlook on life in general, push you to get outside of your daily work rut, and it might even impact your career aspirations.

Everything you do in your 20s matters. So make the most of it in order to save time and disappointment later. If you don’t know the best career move for your future, you might want to consider traveling.

I know that taking time away from your demanding work schedule in order to travel the world may sound like career suicide, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s actually a career booster, especially if you are willing to expand your mind and apply what you learned on your journey.

Are you ready to make a leap in your career? Here are 6 reasons why traveling the world is the best career decision that you can make in your 20s:

1.You get to explore global networking opportunities

Everyone knows that networking is key to climbing the career ladder and successfully positioning yourself as an entrepreneur. The best networking opportunities come when you travel. Why? You have access to a universe of professionals that you would have never met if you would have stayed in your current residence.

Every person that you meet can expose you to new ideas and ways of doing business that will allow you to think outside the constraints of your social circle. Think about the value of your social equity if you are able to say that you are connected with people from all over the world.

“The world is a book, and those who don’t travel only read one page.” – St Augustine

2. Spreads your career wings

Who said you had to settle down and marry one career in your 20s? The average person changes careers multiple times, gaining various skills in each profession. The greatest thing about traveling is that it allows you to figure out what drives you; what really makes you happy.

Use your time to try out careers that interest you, even if you just volunteer at a community organization. Test the waters and find out what you love. Then, do whatever you need to do to get into that industry when you return, even if it is only an entry-level position. Follow your bliss and you will never regret it!

 

3. Improves your future impact

What will be the most sought-after skills five years from now? Companies are constantly expanding their businesses overseas and working with clients from all over the world. Between two candidates with comparable work experience and formal education training, the person who has international exposure is most likely to get the job.

You need to have experiences in foreign cultures in order to advance at these successful, global companies. International exposure makes you valuable.

 

4. You can learn a foreign language

With universal unemployment problems, being multilingual is definitely a competitive edge over others. Language will break down barriers and allow you to connect with more people. Take the time to learn a language when you are young.

It is an ability that tells of a person’s cultural intelligence, commitment to learning, and openness to diverse people. These qualities are highly valued in the marketplace and will allow you to attract more opportunities than your monolingual peers.

 

5. Builds your career confidence

Traveling builds your confidence in ways that you never imagined. If you can climb steep mountains, eat foreign foods, and immerse yourself in an environment where you can’t speak the language, what can’t you do? This confidence carries over to your career. After challenging and unexpected, though inevitable situations, you have an innate sense of confidence in your ability to handle difficult situations in your life.

Besides that, traveling the world helps you define what you want in life and gives you the confidence to go out and do it. When you know what you want, you are able to identify jobs that allow you to add the most value and be happy. You don’t settle for a job out of fear of not having financial sustainability. You search for the job the sets your soul on fire.

 

6. Releases your untapped potential

You never know what you can do unless you try it. The more opportunities that you take outside your comfort zone, the more you discover about yourself. You get to see what you are really made of, by identifying skills and talents that you’ve never tapped into. That is the beauty of new experiences: it introduces you to another, unexplored part of yourself.

“To travel is to take a journey into yourself.” – Danny Kaye

These new skills and experiences may be just what you need to land your dream job or advance your entrepreneurial pursuits. As Pat Williams once said, “Figure out what you love to do as young as you can, and then organize your life around figuring out how to make a living doing it.”

Travel as much as you can to expand your mind and the world around you. When you are in your 20s, you have more flexibility in your career and it’s easier for you to make those heart-pounding decisions that can change your life.

Are you considering traveling? What career insights do you hope to gain from traveling? Share your thoughts and questions in the comments below!

After 7 years of working in Corporate America as a Certified Public Accountant, Charlene left her job in April 2015 and decided to travel around the world with a non-profit international education organization called Up with People. She has traveled around the world with 100 individuals from 20 different countries. You can visit her www.careergoddessacademy.com or connect with her through Twitter.

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19 Comments

  1. Janel McNuckle

    Jul 11, 2016 at 2:27 am

    Great words of wisdom!

    • Charlene Rhinehart

      Jul 12, 2016 at 4:40 am

      Thanks Janel! There are so many career benefits for those who are willing to step outside of their environment.

  2. Glenn Mace

    Jul 7, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Great read, Keep working blessings

  3. Sue Dunlevie

    Jul 5, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    Love this article, Charlene! Great info and so true.

    Thanks,
    Sue

    • Charlene Rhinehart

      Jul 6, 2016 at 5:27 am

      Thanks for reading, Sue! Traveling is a valuable personal development activity.

  4. Melody

    Jul 5, 2016 at 11:26 am

    I think traveling adds color to a resume. It gives you an edge and let’s employers know that you are not afraid of trying new things and taking on risks. It also sends a message that you can related to a diverse group of people and share in conversation about culture and how business is conducted in other countries. Thank you for writing this! There sre professionals that are stuck in the rat race who need to hear this.

    • Charlene Rhinehart

      Jul 6, 2016 at 5:30 am

      Great insights, Melody! Traveling is definitely a great resume booster that can spark interesting conversations during an interview or among colleagues. If people want to be relevant and relatable in a global economy, they need to start finding ways to build their cross-cultural competences.

  5. Charlene Rhinehart

    Jul 4, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    Sherece, I understand all of your concerns. That was me 6 months ago. I was so TERRIFIED. I almost missed the best experience of my life because I was so worried about how I would manage my bills and be away from home for 6 months. You realize that EVERYTHING ALWAYS WORKS OUT FOR YOUR GOOD. If you approach life from that angle, you will gain access to the freedom that you always wanted. Once you take the leap, you will have the courage to do more things you were too afraid to do. All it takes is a single step. Everything you could ever want is on the other side of fear. Congratulations in advance! Can’t wait to hear about your new adventure!

  6. Garrick Bradley II

    Jul 4, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Love the article! I made a goal to myself to travel somewhere AT LEAST once a year. I just got done traveling to a conference but I think it’s about time I travel to another country again. Traveling in your 20’s is the best time! There are no obligations (unless you are married and/or have kids). I remember being in Brazil and was starting to become quite fluent with the few phrases of Portuguese I knew. You can pick up a second language fairly quickly.

    • Charlene Rhinehart

      Jul 4, 2016 at 5:59 pm

      You are right! When you learn a new language, you are 10X more marketable in the job market and can create valuable connections with people all over the world. It’s awesome that you take advantage of every opportunity to travel. Once you start traveling, it’s hard to settle for an ordinary lifestyle. You usually want to see more, do more, and live every moment intentionally.

  7. Charlene Rhinehart

    Jul 3, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    Thanks Tim! I’m so glad to hear that you will travel to the USA! The networking opportunities are endless. I meet new people everyday in my own city so I can only imagine how your traveling adventures will create tons of business inspiration and spark ideas for more life-changing articles. Thanks for your encouragement!

  8. Michael Williams

    Jul 3, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    This is an amazing article and you are a incredible inspiration! Keep up the good work! 🙂

    • Charlene Rhinehart

      Jul 3, 2016 at 8:14 pm

      Thanks Michael! Traveling presents opportunities beyond what we can image. Have fun on your travels!

  9. Denise Marsaw

    Jul 3, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Yes absolutely!!! Traveling made me FEARLESS

    • Charlene Rhinehart

      Jul 4, 2016 at 5:53 pm

      Yes! You are a great example of how traveling has boosted your career. You were able to get into reputable MBA programs and connect with companies around the world!

  10. Charlene Rhinehart

    Jul 3, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    I’m so glad to hear that you booked a trip to the USA! There is so much to do and so many people to learn from. My trip to Australia 4 years ago was a game-changer for me. I LOVED every moment of being in Sydney: ) As soon as I returned to the states, I started researching more ways to travel around the world. Once you start, you have a pulsating desire to see more, do more, and learn more. I can’t wait to hear about your experience, Tim! Thanks again for the encouragement.

  11. Tim Denning

    Jul 3, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    Charlene I love this article. It’s as if you are reading my mind. I just booked my holiday to the USA and this advice reinforced my decision to take a break. I am looking forward to the global networking opportunities and the contacts that I gain. Keep doing what you’re doing Charlene!

  12. Sherece

    Jul 3, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    I have considered traveling for quiet awhile now. Its always been a passion of mine. When traveling I hope to gain cultural knowlege. How does other cultures communicate, what are there views on social and political issues. Basically, learn how they operate to be able to better understand and communicate with them. Furthermore, traveling sounds great but It’s that fear of actually doing it. We live in such a past fast society and working long hours to get ahead tends to block our passion. My biggest fear is taking that next step. Not knowing what I will do next, how I will make it through. How will I manage these bills without working. We loss sight of our dreams and goals because we were told if we work hard it will pay off in the end. Sometimes that end never comes for people. I want to that the leap.

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Many people are ashamed of failure. If they so much as smell a whiff of failure, they quit instantly because the public notices it quickly. But you shouldn’t be ashamed of failure. A lot of people have failed. I’ve failed over and over again in my career, business, relationships and more. Yet, I keep trying because failure isn’t the final verdict. (more…)

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How to Move Forward When All Seems Lost

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A few weeks ago, the relationship of my venture with a long-term client turned rocky. Losing them would mean a huge loss for my business, but it appeared like that’s where we were headed. My mind raced with unpleasant thoughts. Maybe the client had figured out that I couldn’t lead my team well. Maybe I was not good enough to be an entrepreneur. Maybe I was not good enough to do anything.

Why was the world so unfair?! Within moments, my anxiety had shot through the roof and my heart was racing faster than an F1 car engine. But I know I’m not the only one who feels like this.

Why Problems Overwhelm Us

As human beings, we’re good at solving problems, so they shouldn’t stress us out. Yet, they do just that. Why?

Consider some of these situations in life. When a relationship is headed for troubled waters, we wonder whether our partner loves us anymore. Our mind unearths memories of when we got dumped or rejected. We blame ourselves for falling for the wrong people and tell ourselves that we’re not worth receiving love.

How do you think the relationship will steer after that? If we cannot stick to a diet, we think of other times when we gave up. We remember what people said about things that we couldn’t do and ask ourselves, “were they right?” We tell ourselves that we don’t have what it takes to succeed at anything.

Do you think we’ll find the grit to stick to the diet after this? So here we are… thinking we’re not good enough to be entrepreneurs, to be loved, to get promoted, or to achieve our personal goals. Notice a pattern yet? We move in the wrong direction. The destination is to achieve the goal. And unless we stop giving into emotions and start addressing situations, we’ll keep failing to get there.

Negative emotions (and even extremely positive ones) blur our vision. The more we focus on them, the deeper we go into how we feel. We either get angry because things aren’t the way we want them to be, or get paralyzed by the fear of the worst possible outcome. This means we pull away from the one thing we must do to set things right — take action.

“If you can’t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there and worrying. It’s the worry that gets you, not the loss of sleep.” – Dale Carnegie

How to Take Action in the Face of Problems

Most human beings are good at solving problems. Where we get blindsided is at diagnosing the right problem. To diagnose the right problem, we must address the situation instead of emotions. We must see things for what they are, collect facts on what we’re worrying about, and then ask ourselves, “What should I do next?”

In his book “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living”, Dale Carnegie wrote: “Neither you nor I nor Einstein nor the Supreme Court of the United States is brilliant enough to reach an intelligent decision on any problem without first getting the facts.”

To address the tricky situation with my client, I took the following three steps:

1. First, I acknowledged the feeling

Solving a problem doesn’t mean ignoring emotions. It’s important to acknowledge how you feel because it reveals the path, but domesticating your emotions is more important. I acknowledged how I felt by saying, “I feel anxious because the client might not want to work with us anymore and this will be a financial loss for us.”

Note how I said “I feel anxious” and not “I’m a loser.” If I had given into negative chatter, I wouldn’t have uncovered the direction to move in (the part after “because”). This is why domesticating emotions is crucial.

2. Next, I prepared for the worst

We often run from our worst fears rather than facing them despite knowing that the worst outcome rarely comes true. The result is that we stay stuck in fear instead of pushing beyond it. And we never discover what we’re really capable of, which sucks.

In my case, the worst meant losing the client. It would hurt but it was the truth. However, we could get more clients. Plus we already had other clients who helped us pay the bills. In other words, I wouldn’t have to live on the street.

The moment I accepted this, a huge weight got lifted off my chest. This prepared me for the third and final step.

“Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.” – Zig Ziglar

3. Lastly, I examined the situation

Examining a situation means setting aside your emotional baggage and focusing on facts. When you trust that you’ll be okay, you become better at diagnosing the real problem. Once I felt lighter, I could see things clearly.

I used the 5 Whys Technique (asking “why” five times) to figure out the real reason for the client’s dissatisfaction. Then I collected data on the issue and on what we had previously delivered.

Finally, I reached out to the CEO of the client and held a detailed and constructive discussion based on my findings. Within four days, the CEO and I were back to the way things were before.

The best way to prepare for tomorrow is to give today your best. I’m not sure whether the issue with the client got resolved for good or whether the client won’t pack up and leave one day. However, I am sure that I’m prepared to handle such cases better today than I was yesterday.

Control your emotions instead of letting them run amok. Accept things for what they are instead of what you want them to be. Be realistic instead of delusional. Address the situation instead of succumbing to emotions.

Don’t preempt what lies ten miles ahead and get paralyzed by fear. Address what lies clearly in front of you and keep moving. One day you’ll be surprised about how close to your destination you are.

How do you move forward when all hope seems to be lost? Share your advice below!

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8 Effective Tips to Improve Your Emotional Wellbeing

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You know what they say, “Health Is Wealth”. But, more often than not, we only mean it in the context of physical health. There’s no question that being fit is the world’s greatest treasure. Unfortunately, not a lot of us take time out to look after our emotional health and wellbeing.

Let’s not forget – it’s ‘Mind Over Matter’. So, if you are able to take control of your emotions, thoughts, how you feel through the day and how you respond to myriad situations; there’s nothing quite like it. When you become the master of your emotions; health, prosperity, and basically all good things are bound to follow you.

With that said, here are 8 surefire ways that will improve your emotional wellbeing:

1. Practice Mindfulness

Half the time, we don’t even know what we’re thinking or how we’re feeling. That’s because we let our minds operate on autopilot. It’s time to take control of your mind. Be aware of what and how you feel throughout the day. The upside to this practice is that you can detect negative emotions right on the onset and quickly change them and their corresponding feeling.

Feelings of anger, jealousy, hatred; they are not good for the mind, soul, or the body. Paying close attention to the spectrum of emotions you experience throughout the day, will help you detect the negative ones and kick them away before they fester deep enough to take away your happiness and emotional health.

2. Stay Physically Active

As you engage in physical activities, your brain produces a whole bunch of feel-good hormones such as endorphins and dopamine. These hormones are what causes the ‘elated’ or ‘euphoric’ feeling. Being physically active uplifts your mood and your outlook towards life. It readies you to take the challenges more head-on instead of becoming overwhelmed by the littlest of inconvenience.

You are better able to analyze tough situations and take a more proactive rather than a reactive approach. It’s no question physical health is in direct proportion with emotional health. A healthy mind resides in a healthy body and vice versa.

“Caring for the mind is as important and crucial as caring for the body. In fact, one cannot be healthy without the other.” – Sid Garza-Hillman

3. Get Sufficient Sleep

Ever noticed how you feel depressed and cranky, and just out of focus the day you fail to get a good night’s sleep? Well, if you fail to get sufficient sleep for a couple of days, you are bound to feel more depressed, cranky and eventually more prone to a host of negative emotions. Research shows that sleep deprivation sends amygdala – our brain’s emotional response center into overdrive.

Amygdala controls our immediate emotional responses. When it becomes overactive, we become more reactive rather than active. We become more irritable, angry and anxious. A good night’s sleep is vital to improving your emotional wellbeing.

4. Develop a New Hobby

Learn to swim. Try arts and crafts. How about painting? Swimming is a ‘happy’ activity. You get to make new friends and stay fit. Arts and crafts, as we all know, tends to have a relaxing effect on the mind and the nerves.

Just the process of creating something from scratch makes you confident and gets those creative juices flowing. Similarly, painting helps you express yourself. All these factors together create a ‘happy you’. The one who likes to engage in new things instead of resisting change or difficult situations.

5. Eat Healthy

Ever heard of the phrase, “You are what you eat”? Well, it’s true to the last syllable. When you eat foods rich in salt, sodium, fat – you are bound to feel lethargic. It takes longer for the body to digest such foods. That means the body is forced to deprive organs of blood and use it for the digestion purpose.

Result? You become lazy, moody, not ready to take any responsibility which leads to feeling cranky and irritable. On the other hand, eating fibrous vegetables, fruits, salads, and complex sugars keeps you upbeat and healthy.

6. Laugh Your Heart Out

Laughter is the best medicine. That is why they have a dedicated ‘laughter session’ in yoga studios. You don’t even have to mean it. The simple act of spreading your cheeks and pretending to laugh sends a signal to your body that you are happy.

And what happens when you are happy? Your brain releases happy hormones like dopamine, serotonin and what not. In fact, many studies have gone so far as to stipulate that laughter alone is capable of treating all kinds of physical ailments. Why should emotional ailments be any different?

7. Try Relaxation Techniques

‘’Visualization technique’’ where you imagine yourself in a happy place is a surefire way to calm your nerves if you find yourself distressed. You may also try praying to elate yourself. Praying is good for the mind and the soul.

Controlled breathing or ‘biofeedback technique’ are some other relaxation techniques that can tame how you feel and even your bodily functions. Try surrounding yourself with aromatherapy or scented candles because the smell is a big factor in governing how we feel.

“Positive emotional energy is the key to health, happiness and wellbeing. The more positive you are, the better your life will be in every area.” – Brian Tracy

8. Count Your Blessings

We all have so much to be thankful for. It could be a friend who stands by you or a happy family. Good health. Financial freedom. Make a list of all the things that you feel grateful for in your life. If it’s a person, be sure to communicate your feelings and express your gratitude.

You will feel so much happier. Happiness is the diet of a healthy mind and an intelligent emotional response mechanism. You could also try writing a poem or simply expressing your gratitude through the power of prayers.

There are so many ways to become emotionally intelligent and not one of them requires any investment or special skills. Practically anyone and everyone can do it. All you need is the will and the desire.

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The word gratitude has been tossed around, but do you know exactly what it means or how to implement it into your life? Someone has probably told you in your life, “Express more gratitude.” Well, that sounds like a great idea, but if you don’t know what gratitude is, how can you fully express it in your life? It’s a concept that once you grasp, it will change your life. (more…)

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