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5 Surprising Careers You Didn’t Know Could Take You Around The Globe

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Is your boss on your back? Has work got you down? And do the lyrics of Dolly Parton’s ‘9 to 5’ feel a little too real? It might be time for a career change.

Even better, it might be time for a sea change. If there’s a better career move than one that involves exploring the globe, we haven’t found it.

Whether you’re looking to start your own business or just keen to pick up odd jobs here and there, here are five careers you mightn’t have known could see you jet-setting around the world.

Flex your skills as a digital nomad

Arguably the greatest perk of living in 2019 is that, as long as you’ve got access to a computer and a reasonably steady internet connection, you can work from anywhere.

The first step to becoming a digital nomad is pinpointing skills that can be monetised online. Say you’ve got experience in writing or photography – all you’ve got to do is set yourself up with an ABN and start hunting for some freelance gigs.

Your chances of landing higher-paying work that can be done remotely is almost entirely based on the knowledge and skills from things you’ve studied or worked on in the past. Common digital nomad jobs include – but aren’t limited to – things like writing, marketing, computer design, and engineering.

Plus, if your current gig is primarily online, you might just be able to convince your boss to let you work remotely.

I mean, which sounds better, a florescent-lit, open-plan office or a cute, hole-in-the-wall café in northern Italy? I’ll let you decide.

Once you’re set up, you can hop from place to place as you please.


Party hard and make some coin with festival work

If you’re on the hunt for the ultimate mix of work and play, get around some festival work.

Even the world’s hottest festivals, like Coachella in California or Tomorrowland in Belgium, have job opportunities just waiting to be snatched up – everything from bartending to traffic controlling.

It can be a bit competitive and may require some volunteer work first, but once you’ve got a foot in the door, you could feasibly return for paid work year after year.

Best of all, being part of the festival crew can mean scoring free tickets, discounts or “crew” perks, meaning time between shifts can be spent boogying in the mosh pit.


Get your zen on as a yoga instructor

What better way to escape the hustle and bustle of city life or the grind of the nine-to-five than to pack up and travel the globe as a yoga instructor?

You can get qualified as a yoga instructor here at home or opt to study abroad to achieve your accreditation. There are countless yoga teacher training courses across Asia and India, all of which will equip you with the skills to either find work at an existing studio or even set up your own business.

Don’t know about you, but a Balinese wellness retreat is sounding a whole lot better than a sweaty studio in Sydney right now.

But be aware: some courses require a 200-hour certification at an accredited school, but, once you’re set up, you’re free to share your newly-found skill with the world.


Get amongst nature as an adventure sports instructor

If you spend your days daydreaming about hitting the powder in Colorado or sailing around the Croatian seas, a career as an adventure sports instructor might just be your calling.

Of course, you can’t instruct every adventure sport (or maybe you can, we don’t know your life), so it’s best to choose the one you’re head over heels for and get qualified in that first.

Almost every adventure sport you’d be keen to instruct will require you to meet some kind of requirement or hold a type of qualification – our best advice is to find one which is acknowledged in more than one country.

For example, say you’re keen to become a ski instructor – a good place to get your certification would be New Zealand.

The New Zealand Snowsports Instructors Alliance (NZSIA), offers a number of different qualifications, all of which vary on experience and skill-levels. Each will leave you totally qualified to instruct in some capacity and the qualifications are recognised world-wide.


Get your teach on

Keen to translate your love for the English language into what might be the most rewarding career of all-time? You should consider teaching abroad.

If English is your first language – and you’re familiar with basic teaching concepts and skills – you can become an English instructor.

The main requirements generally include having a Bachelor’s Degree and some teaching experience, but good news is that working as a tutor or aide can qualify as experience, and for some companies, that’s all you need.

Plus, you get to spend your days enriching the lives of children and adults from all over the globe and, let’s be real, that’s pretty bloody special.

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