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Alternative lifestyle, digital career – what’s the hype?

When I was 11 years old my teachers, and my parents asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I come from a family of medical professionals, but I never wanted to be a doctor. What I wanted didn’t exist when I was 11, so I simply said “I want to wear high heels, and travel the world”.  Poetic, right? Looking back 17 years later I fulfilled my dream as a Business Development Manager at Human Made. 

Today, I get to travel the world, work remotely and earn money online. I also get to wear heels. 

Heels, Sydney Opera House and Me. 

Career as a digital nomad 

For some time now the term “digital nomad” has been the talk of the internet. If you type in “digital nomad” you will be swarmed by articles on how to become one in 10 easy steps, how to make money while travelling, and enjoy an alternative career. 

Living the Digital Nomad Lifestyle means relying on the internet to financially sustain a modern nomadic life. This relatively new trend allows you to become location independent and constantly move between cities and countries while working remotely. – Become Nomad.

If you are one for travelling the world, or you and your friends have the 6 continents before you are 30 rule, then becoming a digital nomad might be for you. Here are some cool sites to check out to get you started:

However, being a digital nomad is not the best thing about having a digital career, it’s the freedom to create your own rules. 

Your lifestyle, your rules

The hype around digital careers are the endless possibilities.

Have you ever sat in your room ready to make a decision that will change the rest of your life? Have you felt the the walls closing in? Have you ever said to yourself I should chose the responsible option, knowing that’s not what you want? I have, and it’s horrible. Graduation day was one of those days where I knew I had to get a job, pay my bills, go to work 9-5 – and I hated it. 

I am sharing this with you, so that you don’t have to make that choice. A career in digital can give you location independence, so it means if you are a language student like me going back and forth between families, work and boyfriend is easy, no vacation days needed. You just work on the go. If you want to spend a month skiing, you can. You get flexible working hours, so you can work when you are your most creative self. I like to go to the gym early mornings, and start work at 10am.

Finally, you can change your career path, learn new things, and switch roles easier than any mainstream career I know. I have gone from social marketing, content marketing, editorial management, events, to business development, all in under 3 years. If you are a self-driven, and creative individual digital careers can give you the platform to succeed. 

Make new friends 

Since starting out in digital, joining communities and attending events, I have made friends across the whole world. It sounds like a cliché, but I get to work with brilliant people from various backgrounds.

So, if you think that the hype around alternative lifestyles and digital careers is real, and you are brave enough to try it, I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do. I am sure some 11 year old out there is wishing for a career that will only come to exist some years later.

If you haven’t already check out my article that talks more about what are digital careers, and what job roles are available for new graduates. 

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I am the creator of Digital for Students. I wanted to create a space to help Humanities Students learn more about digital careers. It's all the information I wish I had when I was throwing my graduation cap.

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