It’s common knowledge that not everyone has the stomach for a regular nine to five job and 40-60 hour workweeks. More so if you don’t have the personality for it; the findings of a survey conducted by Forbes.com in 2016 suggest that remote personalities are more likely to be miserable in an office setting.
In fact, a fair percentage of remote personalities who aren’t confined in a work desk are far happier with their jobs, according to the article. You can read about it here.
If you’re an employee who can identify with these findings, don’t take this as a sign to leave your regular paycheck behind. However, this is us letting you know that you have more options than you think. We talked to three individuals whose jobs allow them to live a nomadic lifestyle and learned a few things about what it takes to thrive beyond office premises.
1) Mark, 32
Occupation: Assistant Race Director
Salary per project: P40,000
The one thing you should know about what I do is that my job is to monitor the traffic during a race and ensure the safety of the racers. It’s also my job to brief the race director about the event details and determine which aspects of a race can be improved or changed.
Prior to this job, I was a videographer covering motoring events. From there, I became acquainted with a fellow videographer, who used to sideline as racing director for international races. I guess the rest is history.
This profession has brought me to different Asian countries in the last few years. My team is already booked to cover racing events in Singapore and Malaysia for the next three years.
I can tell you that this is not a walk in the park because what happens behind the scenes is just as fast-paced as the actual race. As with any big event, a lot of things can go wrong. Tempers flare. Voices are raised. A crewmember once challenged me to a fistfight dahil napagalitan ko siya sa harap ng mga kasamahan niya. Good thing we sorted it out in the end. If you’re assuming this role, do not expect to be liked.
If you ask me to go back to a regular desk job, I would say no. I love being outside too much. But I respect my friends who choose to work in an office every day. You have to respect the daily grind. There’s no shame in being a regular office employee.
2) Hans, 30
Salary per project: P30,000 – P50,000
The one thing you should know about what I do is that being a producer is not as glamorous as people think. Clients go to me to scout for locations, cast talents, hire suppliers, and be in charge of the logistics. I’m in charge of the dirty work, except I can’t really call it that because I’m having a lot of fun doing it.
Prior to this job, I was a logistics officer at a small events company. It was there that I was able to learn the ropes and build my list of suppliers.
This profession has brought me to locations people would pay money to see. Since we do a lot of oculars, I get to see and experience new places all the time. On any given day I could be in a resort in Malasimbo or an amusement park in Hong Kong.
I can tell you that this is not a walk in the park because a lot of things can easily go wrong; even the ones you’ve worked incredibly hard for just to organize. I’ve had suppliers and point people back out at the very last minute. This is why it helps to have a contingency plan all the time. This is why you have a network of go-to people.
If you ask me to go back to a regular desk job, I wouldn’t entirely rule it out. You cannot exchange stability for anything. But I’m still having fun, so maybe in a few years.
3) Denice, 32
Occupation: Project Manager
Salary per project: P25,000 – P40,000
The one thing you should know about what I do is that project management only sounds easy on paper. In reality, it means every single aspect of the project is your problem—from scheduling to budgeting to ensuring you can deliver without killing your team. You have to know everything that is happening. You have to be the one who cares the most.
Prior to this job, I was in magazine publishing, which I realized was essentially the same as what I do now.
This profession has brought me to events that cater to my personal interests. It puts food on the table, but it also allows me the flexibility to pick the projects I want to take on. These days, having time and freedom is just as important as having money. But don’t get me wrong—money is still nice.
I can tell you that this is not a walk in the park because project management is more than just managing a project. You have to manage your client’s expectations. You have to manage the timelines. You have to manage your emotions. You have to deal with people from different backgrounds, and you have to balance caring about them and the project.
If you ask me to go back to a regular desk job, I would give it a thought, but I’m pretty good at what I do. You have to find the balance between being organized and being creative. I love that there is magic in the mess.