YOU’VE JUST GOTTEN BACK from a year away and now you need to get a job. You’re nervous and have to figure out how getting drunk at hostels, lying on beaches, and photographing churches can be classified as “experience.”
First, breathe. It’s not that bad. You’re lucky, not only because you got to travel, but because current events have turned in your favor.
Businesses need experienced people who know other cultures, have a desire to learn, are motivated, speak another language, and are willing to move around, all of which are qualities you possess.
It was only five years go that taking a year off was considered career suicide, but now, it’s often considered a career boost- a sign of independence, motivation, and ambition. Employers won’t throw away your resume anymore because of a gap year.
But how do you turn that year into tangible experience to showcase in a resume?