Does the title of a “Digital Nomad” sounds like a dream job to you? You get to travel the world, hopping from one destination to another and work according to your own schedule.
Because of the changing trends in workplaces and the way people balance their careers and lives, many people are opting for the lifestyle choice of being a ‘Digital Nomad’.
Who are Digital Nomads?
“Digital Nomads” are the individuals who make a choice of embracing remote work and learning as their lifestyle choices to be able to satiate their wanderlust. This is made possible through the use of technology that enables them to be as mobile as they wish to.
To start off, you need to figure out what is the one thing that will give you all the happiness in the world. If you have your answer and if it’s about being a digital nomad, it’s time for you to take it seriously. But this choice has to be made in a rational manner. You simply can’t wake up one fine day and decided to jump the bandwagon. There has to be a proper planning- why you want to do this and what are you going to do to be able to meet your expenses? It might even require you to learn a lot of skills.
Only when you have a plan ready and you know you can manage your living, it’s a good idea to tread on the path of living the life of a digital nomad.
What you might find interesting is that there are no pre-requisites for becoming a digital nomad. It’s simply a choice that you have to make for yourself and no one else can do it for you.
Remote Work and Learning
With more and more work-from-home and telecommuting work options being offered by employers in order to meet the flexible working needs of employees, it has become possible for a new generation to learn and work from anywhere in the world. Those who are beaten by the travel bug just need a laptop and a wifi connection to be able to live their dreams.
All leading universities of the world have now taken up to offering online learning courses to make it possible for students to pursue their education regardless of their location. The E-learning doesn’t only make it possible for students and professionals, burdened with career and family responsibilities, to advance their learning and expand their skill set but also for those who are passionate about learning on the move.
Distance learning degrees and courses offered by the universities can easily be pursued from a remote location without students having to present on-campus. It’s a choice that has made it easier for students to pursue their jobs and other activities while carrying out their learning at the same time.
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You are sitting by the beach with a laptop in your hand and you’re being taught by the best tutor of the best university in the world.
All thanks to technology and internet that has made this a reality!
Due to a vast number of changes that are taking place in the way work is being done these days, employers are rethinking the 9-to-5 work schedule. The 8-hour work day no longer works if the employers are serious about optimizing the output of employees. This holds true especially for the jobs which demand a lot of thinking and creativity. The strict working hours don’t make a lot of sense because employees may not necessarily feel creative during the time they are made to sit in their cubicle. Also, millennials (more than anyone else) expect flexibility and prefer work-life balance over hefty pay cheques.
The option to work remotely enhances the job satisfaction of employees as they feel free to do things that interest them the most: work from a different part of the work every month, work from a coffee shop or from hotel room offering a sea-view. The good news for employers is that the productivity of employees also gets enhanced when they are given remote work options.
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Finally, listening to the true calling of your heart and acting on it is the only thing that can help you in becoming a digital nomad.