Life after working holiday

A holiday without an end is not a holiday. You will have to return home and get a job anyway. There is a rumor that most bosses see job seekers who went working holiday as 'not serious, low-achievers, irresponsible and too playful' and they're therefore less likely to get a job. How true is that?

Your life is only going to become better, don’t hesitate, just go! Photo taken in Berlin's Brandenburg GateYour life is only going to become better, don't hesitate, just go! Photo taken in Berlin's Brandenburg Gate

The results from unofficial statistics among my working holiday friends show that, what described above does happen, but it's far from being called common. The most common type of responses that bosses have is actually – no response at all! Some may ask questions like 'What kind of jobs you did?' or 'What did you learn from the experience?' just to get to know you better. Afterall, it's your personal conversational skills and work experience that counts more.

Some knowledge in foot massage will make you a better teacher! Photo taken in a Chinese massage place in Berlin.Some knowledge in foot massage will make you a better teacher! Photo taken in a Chinese massage place in Berlin.

However, I did experience being asked if the jobs I did during working holiday had anything to do with the position I applied. I have a little reservation. Why do we have to care about career prospects when we having working holiday? Why can't we explore something new? The purpose of working holiday is never about earning money or getting a good CV, it is about broadening one's horizons, and money making is a just a means to maintain life. You may have mastered German very well and developed speedy food preparation skills but these shouldn't be your focus. The most important thing should be forming your own take on life and on the world, and jumping out of the box! If the people you interview don't understand this, you are simply too good for them!

I have never imagined teaching English. I failed Use of English in HKALE!I have never imagined teaching English. I failed Use of English in HKALE!

So fear not! One- year- working-holiday is going to equip you with foreign exposure and fluency in English, plus your own adventure stories, you will definitely become a better person, no matter which way you go! Many of my friends are able to get a job after their working holidays-- and for my case, I turned from a Chinese teacher to an English teacher! I've never imagined teaching my class in English and I did it. There are also people who change career fields and get a job in the media after working holiday, whatever works!

I think my travel stories made my popular in class, photo taken in a primary school, with my students.I think my travel stories made my popular in class, photo taken in a primary school, with my students.

My final words: don't give up working holiday for 'career prospect', one year in foreign country is only going to make your life fuller and make you a better person. Don't think too much. If you really wanna go, just go!

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Fung Garcia

A post-80s Chinese language teacher who failed his A-Level English, went working holiday to Germany before his turned 30 –worked little, holiday a lot. Speaking poor English and zero German, he managed to survive and visited 29 countries in Europe. Lazily updating his travel blog 'Garcia in Germany'.
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