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TRAVEL OR NOT?

 
#1 TRAVEL OR NOT?
08/12/2003 00:00

Emily

Dear All;

I have the opportunity to travel for a year before starting with a consultancy firm in the city of London. I'm in two minds.... any opinions?

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#2 Re: TRAVEL OR NOT?
09/12/2003 00:00

haseeb

Emily, i'd travel, simply because you are going to be working for the majority of your life. Now is the time to see the world and grow as a person!

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#3 Re: TRAVEL OR NOT?
10/12/2003 00:00

Tricia

Hi Emily. What do you want out of life? Your answer may shed some light on what course of action will best serve you. It may also be useful to have a clear and concise answer ready, next time someone asks you: it may just swing the interview. There can be no right or wrong answer and getting suggestions from the wider community to test against your criteria sounds like a good approach. Without your own understanding of what you want to do, however, how will you decide? Do please let us know what you decide.

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#4 Re: TRAVEL OR NOT?
10/12/2003 00:00

Emily

I have decided to travel. My working life will be a long one and unless I am very determined, this opportunity may not arise again. Thanks for all your opinions...

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#5 go travel !!
11/12/2003 00:00

Tony

Emily - definitely go travel. I did this before starting my career in consulting and have never looked back. Once you're on the career ladder it is really hard to take time out - the opportunity cost of doing so also becomes higher the longer you leave it. So go for it, and come back to consulting refreshed after a year out. Good luck! Tony

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#6 Re: TRAVEL OR NOT?
12/12/2003 00:00

Bernie

Emily, the consultancies are recruiting again, and you have better job opportunities when you start now. The next crisis and the next sabbatical will come sooner or later, then you will have enough time to travel.

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#7 Re: TRAVEL OR NOT?
15/12/2003 00:00

Justin Douglas

Go for it! If you have the urge to travel you are unlikely to regret doing it. It's much harder down-tools to take a career break to travel the older you get, not least, because of things like building a family.

One usually regrets the things one doesn't do, rather than the things one does do.

If you've got a job waiting for you when you return, this is the ideal scenario.

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#8 Re: TRAVEL OR NOT?
18/12/2003 00:00

Nick

Emily,

I got a job with a top mgmt consulting firm in London... deferred it am am currently sitting on a beach in Australia. I think I made the right choice - will tell you in 7 months when I have travelled thru S. America...

Go for it... you've got the rest of your life to work - have you got the rest of your life to be young and enjoy yourself?

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#9 Re: TRAVEL OR NOT?
22/12/2003 00:00

Dianna

Emily, very glad you have decided to go. Enjoy! I'm currently at university and would love to be in your position of having a dream job waiting for me upon return.

If anyone else can offer advice, how common is it for mgmt consultants to allow career breaks for travelling. Also, do consultancies allow/mind deferring places and when do you tell them in the recruitment process?

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