How Can Traveling Boost Career Opportunities
Going to new places and meeting new people serves as a great mental therapy for many people. It is interesting how some people enjoy their ordinary daily routines and would never leave such a job, while some other people cannot wait to grab an opportunity to travel somewhere and see something different from they have got accustomed to. This text will deal with the latter group. If you are among those who enjoy traveling and want to join those experiences with their work and career development, pay attention to our analysis and enjoy yourself.
Behaving in new situations and contexts
Having a demanding workplace can lead to many unexpected situations. While intelligent people are more probable to react well in such contexts, these skills can also be improves through numerous exercises and practices. One of these activities is traveling, as well. When you find yourself in a foreign country and in a town in which you have never been, your brain has to activate some new mechanisms to start functioning in that new environment. Finding all the new places you would like to visit means that you have to explain those new surroundings to yourself so that you are able to become operative in that new place. Although planning a trip is much easier today thanks to online services and gadgets, once you get to the wanted destination, you have to adapt. It can really boost self-confidence of every worker and help behaving in a more successful way in new situations at work.
Speaking in other languages
People who want to make a successful and fruitful business career must know at least one foreign language. Until a couple of years ago, people from English-speaking countries did not have to bother too much with other languages, since English was the lingua franca of the business world. While English is still the most used language in the world, the rise of new powers (mainly the BRICS group) brings in some new moments when it comes to languages and today even Anglophone CEOs and employees have to learn other languages.
Traveling is a unique opportunity to actually use other languages in the natural context. It would be useful to take uni notes while learning and traveling in order to see what areas need to be improved and revised. The more different countries with different languages you visit, the more knowledge you will gain. It would be ideal to spend at least a few weeks in a country to really listen to the target language.
Coping with stress
One of the most important things when it comes to making career advancements is developing your emotional intelligence. And above all that comes under that term stands the word stress. Being able to cope with stress is the ultimate skill that workers of today have to learn. Traveling to a foreign country can hide numerous potentially stressful situations. If you manage to travel several times a year, you naturally become more proficient at dealing with stress. Even if you are not too active in developing that skill, different problematic situations into which every traveler finds himself or herself from time to time will teach you how to react in a rational way. Of course, it does not mean that you should not take some additional courses that will give you more defensive tools when it comes to minimizing or defeating stress.
Opening your mind goes hand in hand with better business chances. If you decide to stay strong-minded and avoid accepting other people’s suggestions, you will not be too successful in what you are doing, especially at a corporative level. Visiting various places around the globe will help you get a clearer image of your own personality and how it can be improved in terms of career opportunities. Traveling is an activity that develops dozens of mechanisms simultaneously and that is why workers of all levels should travel as much as possible.
About Authors: Dan Radak is a VPS security and Hosting generaly specialist. Currently he is employed as a consultant in a couple of e-commerce companies. Lately he has been interested in studying related themes. You can follow him on Twitter.