Quitting Your Job to Go Travelling

Quitting Your Job to Go Travelling

Quit work to travel

Quitting Your Job To Travel

Traditionally, the ‘gap year’ has been taken between A-levels and university, or immediately after graduation. Increasingly however, people are deciding to take extended travel breaks once they have started their working career.

Firstly, you need to make sure you have saved enough money to fund your trip. However, you also need to pay attention to the risks to your career caused by taking an extended break.

Especially in regulated industries, things can change quickly. Imagine that a major regulatory change occurs just after you resign to take a year off to travel the world. So when you return and start looking for a new role, you could be competing in the job market against people who have 11 months experience of working under the new regulatory regime, whereas you have no such experience. You need to make sure you stay up to date with what is going on in your business sector while you are away.

Before you go, you also need to work on building up your network of contacts in your business sector, as these people could be sources of employment when you return. LinkedIn and similar websites are a good way of doing this. Make sure you include your current work colleagues in your professional network. On your return, your first port of call might be to contact your last employer and ask if you can go back and work for them. However, by the time you get back, your boss or other key people who knew you well may have moved on, or the company itself may even have ceased to exist.

Before you leave, take note of the following:

  • Don’t boast about your plans to colleagues – ensure your line manager is the first person to find out about your plans
  • Don’t ask for a pay rise to fund your trip – this will not be well received and will not boost your chances of being re-employed by the company
  • Check the company’s arrangements for supplying references, i.e. Who new employers should contact

When making applications and attending interviews on your return, stress to prospective employers that you have no plans to take any extended holidays in the future. With the costs of training new staff, no company will want to hire someone who is likely to leave on another long holiday as soon as they have saved enough money for the trip.

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