Guest Post by Charlene Rhinehart
Instead of being viewed as a frivolous activity reserved for retirees or dreamy-eyed college grads, travel can help the motivated millennial gain a competitive edge in today’s marketplace.
Any millennial who wants to go beyond what has already been done in the world needs to travel in order to find new and innovative ways of doing business. Whether working as a career driven employee or budding entrepreneur, millennials need to know what’s going on in the world and how they can play a role in it.
Are you ready to show the world the power of millennials?
Here are four reasons why millennials should make traveling a priority:
Prepare to Perform in a Global Market
There is more to this world beyond the space that you occupy and you have to start learning about it if you want to excel in it. Today leaders have to be citizens of the world and understand how their choices and actions impact individuals in different countries. If you are not at the forefront of what’s going on in the global marketplace, you may be left behind and replaced by those who are. You don’t want to be in a room full of culturally- diverse individuals who are able to make valuable connections while all you can do is nod your head and avoid the spotlight. There is no better way to understand the market than to immerse yourself in it. Travel the world and ask all of the questions that you were too afraid to ask in your own country. People will appreciate your interest in their culture and your engagement will make you a more interesting person.
Become a Well-Rounded Communicator
What skills are employers looking for in top talent? What qualities make entrepreneurs appear to be more competent and confident? If communication instantly popped into your head, you understand that your graduation degrees may get you in the door but your communication fluency will advance you to the next level. When you are traveling around the world, you encounter a melting pot of personalities, cultures, and languages that require you to quickly adapt in order to survive. You learn how to communicate with different audiences which is key when you are trying to lead and influence others. Great communication skills are what separate the managers from the leaders, employees from employers, and influencers from the doers.
Expand Your Risk Appetite
If there aren’t any risks, you can’t expect to capitalize on any rewards. Those who succeed aren’t afraid to try new things, don’t stop when they stumble, and learn how to embrace the uncertainty of new opportunities. Life is a learning laboratory that you can fully experiment with once you travel the world and venture into foreign territory. Traveling is all about immersing yourself in activities that you haven’t done. After white water river rafting in India, climbing the highest mountain in Tanzania, or swimming with whale sharks in Western Australia, the thought of making risky decisions in business–and surviving–does not seem as daunting.
Career Settling Becomes a Thing of the Past
Settling is the best friend of fear and the enemy of confidence. When you are confident in what you can do in your career, you will never settle for second best. Traveling exposes you to different ways of living and builds your confidence in ways that you never imagined. If you can climb steep mountains, eat foreign foods, and immerse yourself in an environment where you can’t speak the language, what can’t you do? You realize there is no one-size-fits-all formula for career success. You don’t have to subscribe to the nine-to-five career race or join the league of fearless entrepreneurs in order to obtain fulfillment. You pursue the path the sets your soul on fire; even if the manifestation of your desires take longer than expected.
About the Author:
After being the first Certified Public Accountant (CPA) to win the title of Ms. Corporate America 2015 in a pageant held in Orlando, Fl, Charlene Rhinehart created the Career Goddess Academy to help female millennials attract career success and a lifestyle they love. Charlene has been featured as a contributor for The Huffington Post, Your Coffee Break, Addicted2Success, Ms. Career Girl and other publications on the web. Connect with Charlene on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.