Does Being Well-Traveled Make You More Employable?

Traveling by train.

Does being well-traveled make you more employable? According to a data gathered by the website Hostelworld, the answer to that question is a resounding yes.

To gather the data, 1,000 people from eight different countries — South Korea, Brazil, Portugal, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, and the U.K. — were asked to complete a survey online which asked all about hiring practices. 82% of employers polled indicated that they thought traveling made a job applicant more attractive. i.e. when they were looking through resumes, seeing one that involved extensive travel often piqued their interest. The reason being, travel is associated with self-confidence and strong interpersonal skills — among other attributes.

62% of those surveyed who had traveled said that their travels helped them figure out their lives and what they wanted to do professionally, and 41% said that while traveling they made connections that have helped them along their career paths.

So while we are often reluctant to take off time to travel, perhaps this new information will assuage some of that guilt and fear. Traveling not only improves our personal lives, it looks like it also improves our job prospects.