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Old 02-03-2006, 07:40 PM   #11
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For me when I am hiring people I take into consideration the applicant's qualifications, not if they have taken time off from their schooling. Of course I am in the trades industry so this might be a factor.
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Old 02-03-2006, 07:56 PM   #12
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We live in a global economy, so any firsthand experience with other countries and cultures should be viewed as a positive thing in the business world.

In the world of higher education, admissions committees actually LIKE to see things such as global travel on a prospective student's application. It suggests that the applicant is a bit more mature and has been exposed to different points of view. In the business world, wouldn't these qualities make him/her a better decision-maker.

If you can swing it financially (no pressing loan repayments), I say go for it!
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ooooh you mean if you travelled.
do it, our company also looks for people with as much global experience as possible seeing as there a projects all around the world.
even if you went into a different field for a while, at least they can see your a keen worker.
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Absolutely travel - work can wait.

I was blessed with the chance to visit Egypt a few years ago and I wouldn't trade that experience for anything! I can't wait until we have another chance to travel abroad: there's nothing like it!
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I took a full year off after college. I busted my tail all the way through and decided I wanted to see the world. It was the most educational experience of my life. I think it all depends if the decision was made to better themselves. I mean, in the grand scheme of things, who really cares that someone took the first year out of school off. The fact is- they may never have a chance to do that again until retirement. I've hired a number of employees that have done similar, and I do not see it as a strike against their credentials. Ask them what they did for that year, and what they learned. THAT will be your answer.
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