This past few weeks I’ve had several conversations with people, one way or another it ends up being about work and alot of the time it ends up about not being fulfilled by it in one way or another.
I love meeting people who are passionate about what they do, it comes across through body language and they just have a spark about them and are high on life. On the other hand, I think it’s terrible and soul destroying to see someone who doesn’t enjoy their job. I mean, we spend alot of time working. You gotta enjoy it!
I think it’s super important to remember where Option A sometimes may not work out, there’s always an Option B. It doesn’t necessaily mean it’s a ‘Oh my god, I’m gonna do this for the rest of my life!’ but its more of a ‘Oh hey, maybe it’s a great opportunity to try something different out and where it takes me’.
It happened to me, I was in a job for nearly 4 years. For me, that’s a LONG time. Kinda thought there would be career progression, gave it a shot, s&%! didn’t work out, at the back of my mind I always wanted to go travel for a while. I thought to myself, it’s the perfect opportunity to do this, as scary as it was, I went ahead with it. (Check out my blog posts under the travel tag, heaps of them under there).
I truly believe where one opportunity is taken away from you, another one will be created, not necessarily magically appear, but you seek what your inner voice is guiding you too, subconsciously.
If you’ve hit a block with your day job and you wanna escape the rat race for a while, have you considered these opportunities?
I know a few people who have done this. One friend of mine is out in Tokyo at the moment teaching out there. An ex colleague up and left to Spain, he’s been there for 2/3 years now and not looked back. You can get a TEFL course for some countries, and some countries don’t require for you to have that certificate if you have a certain level of education behind you already. Your not limited to teaching just kids, some of these places you can also teach adults. Sure, you may have to pay for the course, however it’s an investment into a change and potentially something long term if you find that you love it.
There are heaps of volunteer programs running through various companies and organisations. You could hang out with Elephants or volunteer your time to a wildlife conservation project. If animals aren’t your thing, you can head to places like Nicaragua and help the local communities build shelter. It’d be a life changing experience and an eye opener.
Pack your bags and buy a one way ticket! (Wooohooo!!)
Of COURSE I’d recommend this. It’s what I did. I sold this idea to a good friend of mine a while ago, she went out to Australia earlier this year and has thoroughly enjoyed her experience so far. Buy a one way ticket to a place that you ALWAYS wanted to visit. And see what happens. Of course take some savings with you! Be sensible with your savings. I spent too much and had a whole $200 bucks left and ALMOST had to fly home. (oops) Almost doesn’t count though 😉 If the language barrier makes you uncomfortable, then go to a country where they speak the language you know. It’s less daunting that way. The most difficult part of this journey, is booking that flight. Once you got that flight booked… Be prepared to have an amazing time. Those nerves and that FEAR. The adrenaline gets you pumped. There’s heaps of opportunities out there in terms of work. So many!
Work on board a Cruise Ship
Of course this would be super challenging, but heck it would be an experience and a half. I know 3 people who worked on a cruise ship. One was based state side, he worked on a Disney one, and the other also was on a Disney line. Both worked in Hospitality. The third is an on board entertainer, she sings on board the cruise ship! Sure, it’s long hours. But imagine the experiences and people you’d meet. You might even meet the love of your life if your single (awwww)
RAF / ARMY
A bit out there I know, but if you look on their website, they got heaps of different roles available. You may even find that they are on the hunt for someone that has the skillset you do. A backpacker I met out in Aus came back to the UK and is now an Aircraft Technician in the Royal Navy. Remember, there’s on the job training available!
There’s always an option B – even if it’s a temporary solution. Heck, nothing is set in stone, and if you can experience what the world has to offer you and still make money…. then why the heck not? Think of yourself in the ‘worst case scenario’ …if your ok with being in that scenario, then you have nothing to lose and everything to gain!
P.S Sometimes you gotta go to the other side of the world to truly hear your inner voice and suss out exactly what you want. The moment of clarity you need, it’ll come to you when you least expect it