How to choose between full-time work vs travel when you graduate

November 02, 2016
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This is one of the hardest decisions you will have to make when you graduate – deciding between full-time work and travel. To help you make the decision, I’ve made a list of pros and cons that will hopefully put things into perspective.

Travel pros

World experience

Travelling to a different country will provide you with cultural knowledge that you won’t gain in the work force. Real world experience is something that employers will often admire. So not only will you be having an adventure, you will be gaining valuable knowledge that your peers might not have.


Travelling will force you out of your comfort zone. You will be fending for yourself, figuring out schedules, learning how to budget your money and navigating your way through a strange, new country. You’ll be thrown into a different environment with people who speak different languages and who may not share the same culture or views as you.

Regardless, you’ll return with amazing memories and the knowledge that you are independent af and can survive on your own. *sassy finger snap*

Travel cons

 A very empty bank account

Job hunting is a long and frustrating process. While all your friends are moving out of home and going out every weekend, you’re still scabbing money of your parents and sending your resumes out by the truck load. It can really feel like you’re starting from square one.


You’ve just returned from your amazing holiday with a golden tan, a different outlook on life and memories that will last a lifetime. But now you’re back to reality and you’ve noticed there are some blank spaces on your resume. Networking is an important part of a successful career, after all, it’s not what you know it’s who you know.

Work pros

Some serious adulting

Working full-time can be satisfying and rewarding. That first pay check feels like a huge thankyou gift from yourself! You’ll learn how to budget your money and you can finally afford all the nice things you deserve. You are given a huge amount of responsibility that makes you feel like an actual adult. It is empowering to know that you are effectively building the life that you want to live.

Important connections

Jumping into the work force straight after uni allows you to create important connections with people in your field of work. So if you ever decide to go travelling later on, you will likely have a position still open for you when you return. You will feel much better going on holiday knowing there are people that know you and remember you.

Work cons

Stuck in a loop

If you graduated from high school and went straight to uni, and are planning on going straight to a full-time job, it can seem as though you are stuck in a vicious loop with no escape. It’s good to want to start your career right away – wasn’t that the point of all your hard work? But accept that once you enter the workforce and start the journey to success, it can be very difficult to get yourself out.

Working nine to five (what a way to make a living!)

It’s harder to take time off work when you’re at the top of your game. When you are working nine to five, the chances of you taking time off is slim. And it doesn’t help that there will be hundreds of Contiki photos taunting you on Facebook. 

Sophie Nicolas

Sophie is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts and is an aspiring writer, dog enthusiast and thrift shop fashion icon.