If you’re a university student obsessed about travel (like so many other millennials) you may not be looking forward to graduation. It’s difficult to sit still at your desk job and travel only using the 20 days holiday you are allotted every year, and so many of you might be dreaming of working abroad after university.
But graduates who haven’t shaken off the travel bug and want exploration to be part of their lives don’t have to get into a habit of job-hopping to follow their dreams. There are plenty of travel-friendly careers which are worth considering.
The most obvious would be travel writer or travel photographer. However, there is no shortage of travel bloggers who are hoping to make it, and only a tiny minority of them can actually make a living through their travel blog alone. Luckily, many other jobs that allow opportunities for travel are far easier to get.
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1. Flight attendant
Becoming a flight attendant may not necessarily be your dream job. There are some slightly unappealing aspects to the role, such as early starts, irregular hours and delays and cancellations.
But if you’re comfortable with planes, airports and being customer-service friendly, then the perk of being able to fly to places all around the world may make it a worthwhile career choice. You also get very attractive travel benefits, such as discounted airfare.
You may also end up working less hours and having more holiday than someone doing the 9-5, although the downside is that you will have to work on weekends, bank holidays and public holidays.
2. Teaching English abroad
If you’d like to be able to work, live and travel in a country on a long-term basis (a year minimum or longer), then teaching English could be for you. As a graduate, it’s easy and reliable to find a job as an English teacher.
So long as you can speak English fluently and have an undergraduate degree (obtaining a TEFL certificate could be advantageous), then you’re employable.
If you’re someone who is happy working on their laptop all day, then programming could be for you. It’s one of those roles that doesn’t really require you to be in an office. It’s easy to find remote programming jobs.
Graduates with a computer science degree will have a much easier time finding work. But you can teach yourself how to code and find decent and reliable clients through networking.
Programming is a role that can involve a lot of solitude, but if you’re the introverted type, then this may not be a problem at all. In fact, it may be an absolute joy, in contrast to your previous job in an open-plan office.
There’s also so much freedom in being able to work wherever there is an internet connection. However, while this ‘digital nomad’ lifestyle might sound ideal on paper, it isn’t for everyone.
There many skills that you can possess and develop that can enable you to travel.
In terms of other customer service roles, you could work on a cruise ship. When it comes to languages, you could become a translator. And programming isn’t the only skill that gives you plenty of remote-working opportunities. You could also become a copywriter, e-commerce entrepreneur, online marketer, web designer, social media manager or consultant.
You don’t have to be stuck in the office feeling restless and itching to travel the world. Take a risk. Pursue a career which offers the flexibility and freedom that you want.
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Extracts taken from CV library