Feeling uninspired at work? Maybe it’s time to mix in a little adventure by traveling while working abroad.
Do you dream of working abroad? Of commuting by bike to a trendy office in Copenhagen? Or working in Kuala Lumpur, with weekends off to jaunt about Southeast Asia?
Then a startup called Jobbatical might be just the ticket. This new web platform matches adventurous job-seekers with short-term jobs in foreign countries.
“Vacations can be inspirational but rarely provide practical new skills and experiences for your career,” the company explains on its site. “Jobbaticals – on the other hand – let you switch environments but keep doing what you do best for a project that really excites you. They are a combination between recharging your batteries, expanding your worldview, and sharing new ideas without dipping into your life savings.”
A recent Fast Company article revealed more than 2,000 job-seekers and 400 jobs are available on the platform.
Interested? Here’s what you need to know.
Is a jobbatical right for you?
Though the jobs listed on the platform skew technical, a number of communications and marketing positions are also available.
Recent listings included a developer in Brazil (five months), a public relations intern in Singapore (five months) and an engineer in Finland (12 months).
As for where you can go, “The most popular countries are Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Estonia — places which are exotic, but where it is hard to get international talent,” Karoli Hindriks, the company’s founder, explained to Fast Company.
The benefits of a jobbatical are many: you get to travel the world, learn about a new culture and immerse yourself in a completely new environment and project. These experiences would undoubtedly bring new skills and insights to your career — and if you’re in a rut, could potentially renew your passion for your work. (Click here to tweet a summary of this statement.)
Hindriks, for one, is a firm believer in the power of jobbaticals to inspire today’s employees.
“I would love to have more people stepping out from their comfort zone and making their dreams happen,” she said to Fast Company. “In my vision, Jobbatical has the potential of becoming a new way of working.”
Would you like to take a jobbatical? To where?
Susan Shain (@Susan_Shain) is a freelance writer and travel blogger who loves helping people find adventure.