If you're trying to work out what on earth to do with your life, travel can be a great option.
Visiting new places and trying new things can fill you with inspiration and ideas about what you want to do when you get home. If you're serious about finding your direction while you travel, this article has a 5 step exercise to do while planning your trip + 9 ideas for ways to spend your time when travelling to find your direction and make the most out of your time away.
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Here's the 5 step exercise to do while planning your trip:
- Write down all of your ideas for future career options. What might you want to do when you finish travelling?
- How can you test out or get experience for these career options when you're away? What would look amazing on your CV? Check out my list below for loads of ideas and jot ‘em down!
- Create a google sheet with a column for each month you're travelling.
- Add 2-3 activities that will help you test out your career options to each column.
- Get booking!
Well, not only will you look awesome for making the most of your time but you'll also return in the perfect position to kickstart a career you actually enjoy.
Sound good? If so, here are 9 ideas for ways you can use travel to find your direction:
Bonus points for finding a volunteer placement directly linked to a career option! Even if it's not, think about the transferable skills you'd need for your career ideas and try and find one related to that.
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2. Get fluent in a second (or third!) language
Speaking a second language is one amazing thing to do (especially if you're a native English speaker because, let's face it, most of us don't bother!) It’ll look incredible on your CV and level up your communication skills.
Learn a language while you travel and you'll be set up with a new skill for life!
3. Start a blog
Starting a blog is a great platform to make connections, work through your ideas and learn new, marketable skills. There are so many difference ways to run your blog including:
- A personal space where you can log your thoughts, ideas and emotions. It’ll help you process your dreams, fears and interests and you’ll get a clearer idea of what you want to do.
- You can use it to establish yourself as an expert in the field you want to work it. Through this you can build your network in that area...work experience, shadowing or just an insider insight could be yours!
- A way to gain new, super-marketable skill. You could learn coding, web design, copywriting, digital marketing, journalism, photography, videography, social media marketing, SEO and so many more. I think I’ve dabbled in all of these since starting mine!
4. Work, work, work, work, work
Kind of obvious but can you actually get started in your chosen career, just in a way sunnier place?
Have a look at places you can get a working holiday visa for. Then, instead of just going for bar jobs, challenge yourself to find work that helps you test out a career option.
5. Get some kickass qualifications
Scuba diving, rock climbing, surfing, kayaking and sailing are all awesome activities you can get qualified in while travelling. Not only are they seriously fun (and scary) they'll also help you to develop some in demand skills.
You might not think that there’s much scuba diving can bring to your dream career (unless you want to be a diving instructor!) but it can be a great way to show your resilience, determination and make you stand out.
The other option (if extreme adventure isn't for you) is completing an online course while you're away. There's loads of free ones on Coursera or Ed X or you can pay to earn recognised qualifications.
Travel, save money and test out careers? Perfect! Look for Workaways linked one of your career options. Even if there's nothing, you'll build those transferable skills and shine a light on your amazing qualities.
Go to Meetups in the places you're travelling too., even better if you can find one packed with people doing the job you want to do! They could be perfect for learning more about possible carers, meeting new local people and practicing your networking skills.
8. Try as much new stuff as possible.
Just think, you might be limiting yourself because there's something out there that's perfect for you but you might not even know it. By trying out as many new things as possible you'll get inspired, maybe discover a new career option and at the very least confirm that you've made all the decisions with the 3 options you've chosen. .
9.Create a cool project
This is my favourite option! Screw waiting for other people to let you have the experience you need. Create it for yourself! Want to go into marketing? Create an online product and market it. Advertising? Create a free video for the hostel you’re stay at. Teaching? Organise an class for locals or travellers in your subject. The list goes on. With the tech we have in our hands these days and wifi all over the place, your opportunities are endless!