Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Tuesday, September 29, 2015
It really is a great time in your life to set out on an adventure and see what's out there, so congrats on the graduation and the travel. Here's the thing, there is no reason you can't lay some good networking groundwork before you take off for your trip. Connect with people in your field of interest. Network on LinkedIn, through school channels, through professors or colleagues. Talk about your goals and your plans for when you return from your trip.
And if it works, consider incorporating some of your eventual work goals into your journey. If you're going to be an engineer, make time to check out some of the interesting ways engineers incorporate the specific needs of their communities in other parts of the world. If you are going to be a teacher, spend some time in schools. Volunteer, see the architecture, talk to people you won't encounter in your daily life upon your return.
There are so many ways to kick off a career, good luck to the way that will be uniquely yours.