With school ending in 5 short weeks I feel the pressure to find a job mounting with each passing day. However, I also feel the school work piling on as we move closer to finals week, but I have still been able to use what free time I have to apply for various jobs. One trend I am noticing, at least for the type of job that I am seeking, is that companies are requiring travel for work.
As a person who is eager to find a job, I have thought about and accepted these travel requirements and applied to the jobs. However, I think that most recent graduates do not think long enough about their willingness to travel before they apply and possibly even take a job that requires travel.
When thinking about travel requirements you must think about the amount of time that you are willing to spend away from your home. Most companies will list 50% travel, 75% travel, etc. This will give you a good idea of what percentage they require you to travel. However, in an interview it is also good to ask again and get some clarification. Ask such questions as: Is this travel overnight? How does the travel work? Am I gone every other week, or a few days each week? Where will I be traveling? How will I be traveling, car, plane, company car? Does the company reimburse me for the travel?
Asking these questions will help you get a sense of what the travel will be like. Once you have a good feel for what the travel is like you can determine if you are willing to do it. It may be something you might like but only for a few years and so you may need to see if you are able to advance in the company and stay in one location.
Another thing to consider besides the amount of time you will spend traveling is your family. You have to consider any family obligations or even pet obligations that might hinder you from traveling overnight or for long periods of time. It is better to think about these now, rather than when you are out on the job and unable to come home to care for your dog, who happens to be enjoying your shoes as a nice meal while you are gone for a few days.
The important thing is to make a decision before you are hired and preferably before you are interviewed about your feelings on travel. This way you will know what you want and won’t waste your or the companies time. You also won’t end up in a job that you end up hating and wanting to quit.
While travel may be good for some, it may be bad for others so weigh your decision carefully and make the right decision for yourself.