The upside to taking some time off before starting a career is that you get a chance to experience life through traveling or trying out a job before you decide what is best suited for your future. However, during this period of time you can get stuck in a position that is going nowhere or when you stop traveling there may not be a position available in your chosen career. What to do?
I have seen this countless times where an individual has taken an entry level position in retail or administration because those are the only positions available. Does it impact your resume? Yes. The best avenue after you graduate would be to try for an internship in a desired position or working on contract at prominent companies that will be recognized on your resume.
The problem begins when you have worked at a job that is not even close to your major or what you want to do and now you need to translate your resume from a sales associate to one that will be picked up for IT, Project Management, etc. Please do not misunderstand being a sales associate is a tough job with responsibility but miles away from the world of IT and Project Management. If you had years of experience behind you it would be easier to use transferable skills. These are just examples but need to be taken seriously as you will need to showcase skills in the position you desire.
Taking time off to travel is an easier transition as you are now familiar with the cultures of different countries around the world or within the states. That is a plus but still see if you can find a position close to what you want to do while traveling or keep a log of what you have learned.
Always be mindful of how you are going to transition your resume to a different career as it is a tough job market out there.
Comments are always welcome. Sue