Ever feel like you’re not meant to be sitting behind a desk or computer screen every day?
Like there’s something more exciting and interesting out there for you to do? There’s a lot of pressure on young people to follow the traditional job path and stay on the 9-to-5 schedule, but that’s not the right fit for everyone. So why not drop everything and travel? Career break anyone?
Sounds crazy, right? We are living in crazy times. So if not now, when?
Well in today’s increasingly globalised, technology-based world, it’s really not that hard to imagine. A search on any job site will show tons of jobs advertising the ability to work remotely and have flexible hours.
A quick search on Indeed.com turns up hundreds of jobs based in London but advertised as home based remote working, including data consultants, jobs in social media, and even brokers. The growing trend of “digital nomads” is the perfect example of this phenomenon.
Digital nomads use the endless variety of available telecommunications to work from anywhere in the world and still earn a living. So, you may still be having to send off loads of boring emails, but wouldn’t it be better to do that in a café in South African vibrant city Johannesburg than in a cubicle? The beach on the coast of Ghana, sipping fresh coconut water from an actual coconut instead of a plastic container?
Additionally, there may be occasions where you have to jump on a Skype call at 3 in the morning because your London based office wants to check in while you’re in India, but isn’t it all part of the adventure? And with this growing trend, it’s unlikely you’ll have to go it alone.
There are hubs for digital nomads popping up all around the world where like-minded people can live with cheap rents and great weather, and share working spaces, printers, coffee machines, and each other’s company. For example, at Hubud in Ubud, Bali, creative types come from every country and every industry, working in everything from technology to art to medicine. Other companies are starting up that help digital nomads connect in popular destinations such as Rio and Portugal.
With nearly every industry becoming increasingly reliant on technology, it is likely that you’ll be able to find some job related to your field of work that you can do on the road. Of course there are exceptions, but with the increasing popularity of remote working, the options are potentially endless.
You may even be able to speak to your current boss to see if it would be possible to do your current job remotely. Or start your own business! Create a blog, be a freelancer, or open an online store that you can run on your own time and at your own pace. This may not bring in the big bucks, but if you have enough saved to swing this, it’s a great option.
Another advantage of a career break and working remotely is that you can commit as much or as little time as you want to it. Have lots of money saved up in your bank account and want to just travel for four months throughout South Africa without having to work? That’s definitely an option. Want to take two years to travel the whole world and need to pick up an online job to support yourself? Also a completely feasible path.
The whole point is that YOU get to choose where you want to travel and how long for. If you start out on a two month European backpacking adventure and decide you want to extend your trip another month, you have nothing stopping you. Although there is a bit of a learning curve at first, once you figure out how to remain productive, you can potentially sustain it for as long as you want.
If you do decide that this is a path you could see yourself going down, consider the possibilities of what you do with your time travelling. There are endless ways to put your passions and interests to use while exploring the world. You can learn how to make the daal in India to impress all your friends back home, or climb iconic mountains like Table Top Mountain, in Cape Town South Africa. If you’re passionate about humanitarian work and giving back to the community, look into volunteering abroad.
As a professional, there are countless ways to put your work experience to use as a volunteer. If you’re trained in psychology, you can use your skills to help children who have faced traumatising situations. Similarly, if you’re a doctor or a nurse, you can volunteer your skills in a clinic.
Whatever you chose to do, volunteering abroad gives you the chance to become fully immersed in a new culture and gain a new perspective on life.
Vocational Impact offers fantastic opportunities to volunteer with children facing major adversity in Ghana, India, and South Africa through their volunteer Programme.
What’s stopping you? Now is the time to take a leap of faith and plan your perfect career break.
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