To have fulfilling, involved work and to travel the world. They’re two goals that the majority of adults share, but it seems like they always seem to fight against one another. One involves getting your head down and being dedicated to your work. The other seems to involve giving it up for long periods of time. However, that’s not always the case. There are ways, in fact, that your job can be the bridge to seeing more of the world. You just have to look for them.
Skills in need
You might be inclined to work in a better climate or to really get yourself immersed in another culture and another lifestyle. To that end, you might want to think about taking the big step of long-term emigration. It’s not always an easy process, but there are some people who get preference above everyone else. A lot of countries have critical skills lists. These are lists of the professions that they simply don’t have enough of. It’s not a guarantee you’ll be allowed in if you have the skills and experience needed in that field. However, it is a fast track that can get you past many of the barriers that other visa-seekers might have to deal with.
Something to teach
Teaching is considered a valuable skill in most countries and most countries are losing more teachers than they gain. Even if you think you don’t have the subject matter necessary to become a teacher, you might be forgetting something that’s second nature to you: your language. Teaching foreign language speakers English is a career that isn’t difficult to get into at all. Often it involves a quick course involving the fundamentals of teaching language and pairing with one of the many organizations that help English teachers find a place. Of course, it’s a good idea to have an idea of the country that you want to go to, to research living standards there, the culture, and start learning their language, too.
Work from anywhere
Then there are the jobs that can be done anywhere if you’re willing to give up the traditional career path. As a freelancer, you’re free to travel as you work, as much as you please. In some freelancer careers, such as travel blogging or taking photographs, your travel-hungry nature might even be considered a huge plus as you go. Just bear in mind some of the practicalities involved in moving to such a career. You’re going to have to be able to stay self-motivated. To look after your own finances, including taxes. You might have to involve setting your own prices and branding yourself like a business rather than an employee. But there is plenty of advice out there on successful freelancing as more and more people are finding it to be the career for them.
There are also a lot of ways to get overseas work within a company that’s locally based. More and more of them let out employees as contractors or expand abroad and need people who know the language to help them transition. Keep your eyes open for opportunities like that, they’re becoming more common.