/ Asked by Tanya
I plan to travel after graduation. How long is too long not to be employed post graduation?
Answered by Shara, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on Friday, September 25, 2015
Sounds wonderful to me! Congrats on your upcoming graduation. Taking time for yourself is great after achieving such an accomplishment. I would recommend no more than 3-6 months and during that time, you will want to apply for jobs and get a feel for the market, especially the industry you are interested in pursuing. It is important that you are aggressive with your job search and secure employment quickly. It will help you gain that experience you need to start your career and set your path right. Of course if you decide to travel longer that is okay, but the sooner you start your career plans, the better! Enjoy and best of luck to you!
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Tuesday, September 29, 2015
It really is a great time in your life to set out on an adventure and see what's out there, so congrats on the graduation and the travel.  Here's the thing, there is no reason you can't lay some good networking groundwork before you take off for your trip.  Connect with people in your field of interest.  Network on LinkedIn, through school channels, through professors or colleagues.  Talk about your goals and your plans for when you return from your trip. 

And if it works, consider incorporating some of your eventual work goals into your journey.  If you're going to be an engineer, make time to check out some of the interesting ways engineers incorporate the specific needs of their communities in other parts of the world.  If you are going to be a teacher, spend some time in schools.  Volunteer, see the architecture, talk to people you won't encounter in your daily life upon your return. 

There are so many ways to kick off a career, good luck to the way that will be uniquely yours.
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Thursday, October 8, 2015
It really depends on what type of traveling you will be doing and where you will be traveling. During this time, if you are looking to see the world, make sure that focus on learning a new skill or growing your leadership skills. I would not travel over a year, but make sure that when you speak of your travels to possible employers that you can speak to how your experiences helped you develop as a person and what you gained from your experiences. Many people have a difficult time moving past the idea that it was an amazing experience. Become more flexible and grow your confidence are just two examples of ways that traveling can help you develop into the person you want to be, as well as a better employee. Many employers put great value on their employees having the ability to be flexible and able to quickly react if something arises. If you travel for over a year, be prepared to explain to employers why you chose that route. Enjoy your travels!
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