Many people think that “learning” involves being in a classroom or spending hours training in the workplace. However, often people forget that professional development can be excelled outside of the workplace.
When you travel around the world you are forced to interact with different people and see a new way of living. These new experiences and lessons can translate into your career making travel invaluable to your professional development.
In today’s post we provide you with five reasons why it is essential to find the time to travel during your career:
Having some time to step away from your daily routine will give your brain some time to decompress. Even if your holiday itinerary includes physical activity such as walking, hiking or water sports – your mind is still able to relax and reset itself.
On your return to work, your mind and body will be reinvigorated, and this will be evident in your performance in the workplace.
When you are taken from your world to another you will soon realise that your problems are relatively small and insignificant in comparison – which will lift away your stresses and pressures.
Travelling to another country will always teach you new values and perspectives. New values will increase your ability to understand others and build great working relationships with both colleagues and patients.
It is human nature to get stuck into the same routine, take the same route to work, see the same people and go to the same coffee shop – but travel gives you the opportunity to experience new experiences, connect with new people meaning the networking opportunities are endless.
The stress of work and daily demands can distract us from what we find to be meaningful and interesting. So, mixing up your daily routine with a holiday allows you to relax and recharge, forgetting about the stresses left back home.
Even though we are often busy when we travel with the endless sightseeing, exploring places by foot and taking photos – travelling helps us stay calm and helps us reflect our personal goals and interests.
Immersion in a new city and its culture is the most effective way to pick up a new language. Taking a language class or using online resources to learn is great, but the best and most effective way to become proficient in a new language is to put yourself in a situation in which you have to constantly use it in your day-to-day communication in order to interact with others.
Furthermore, bilingual individuals are able to communicate and interact within multiple communities. This is especially advantageous when working in a hospital as you will have a range of people who speak different languages coming to see you.
Often people hesitate to travel because of busy personal lives, financial restrictions or pressures at work. But when you think of all the benefits including both personal and professional, there is no need to feel guilty.
Remember, travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer.