Millions of working-age adults will have found themselves in a 9-5, office-based job during their career, and you may even be working in such a role at present. Whilst some people enjoy the routine of office life, for others, it can become tedious quite quickly. Some workers find that having to deal with a seemingly unending influx of emails whilst balancing routine work and occasional projects can become repetitive and even boring. In addition, many office workers will have experience of taking part in a considerable number of meetings that seemed to have little purpose and stretched on for hours. Such meetings can make the office routine seem futile and result in low levels of motivation and job satisfaction.
If you are currently in an office-based role and are dissatisfied with the overall working culture, this article will be of interest. In it, there is a discussion of three distinctly different roles or sectors of work. None of these positions require conventional 9-5 office-based working patterns and may give you the freedom to enjoy work that is more fulfilling and less restrictive.
1. See projects come to life in construction
If you have a practical mindset and enjoy the thought of seeing projects come to life, then a wide range of construction jobs may be the basis for a fascinating new career path. The construction industry is currently enjoying a period of sustained growth. Globally, the sector is expected to double in size between 2020 and 2030, reaching a total value of $14.4 trillion by 2030. This means that jobs in the construction industry should be increasing as the sector grows to cope with the increased demand for construction projects.
Some of the key benefits of working in the construction sector are that there is a wide range of roles that suit a diverse section of workers and outdoor work is common. Entry-level positions such as construction laborers may require little in the way of qualifications or experience, making the role an ideal way to get into the industry if you do not have transferable skills from your current work. However, there are also supervisory and management-level positions that may be suitable for workers who have undertaken such roles in other sectors of business.
In addition, specialized roles such as surveying, marketing, and working as a safety specialist benefit from attractive remuneration packages. You may have already gained some of the knowledge to undertake these jobs from your previous career and simply need to enroll in an industry-specific course to ensure that you can apply for such positions.
2. Work as you travel the world
Few types of work are as far removed from conventional office life as becoming a digital nomad. As the name suggests, this is the term for people who use digital technology to undertake remote work, often combining this form of income generation whilst traveling to exotic destinations around the world.
The misconception is that digital nomads are almost entirely young adults, often in their 20s. Whilst such people may form a large proportion of the nomadic workforce, the average age for a digital nomad is 35. In terms of specific roles in this form of work, jobs such as web designer, IT technician, data scientists and developer roles are common. However, whilst many roles have a clear focus on highly developed tech and IT knowledge, not all do.
If you have a passion for writing, many content creation jobs allow you to work fully remotely and will not require advanced IT expertise. In short, the myriad of digital nomad positions that can be undertaken on a fully remote basis will allow you to experience an office-free working routine and travel the world on a schedule that suits you.
3. Become a lifesaver
Finally, if you are searching for a new career where every working day is different and you can help to improve the lives and health of others, consider training to be a paramedic or emergency medical technician (EMT). In such roles, you will respond to a wide range of serious and life-threatening medical emergencies, providing rapid treatment before transferring the patient to a hospital or emergency department.
You will need to be able to remain calm under intense pressure (often in emotionally charged circumstances and environments) whilst using highly-developed clinical skills to provide medical interventions that could be the difference between life and death for the patient.
Whilst this type of work is not for everyone, people who are drawn to this role often spend their whole careers working in the field of pre-hospital emergency care. Few other jobs allow you such a varied working shift and the ability to improve or even save the lives of citizens from your local community.
Salman Zafar is a serial entrepreneur, digital marketer, writer and publisher. He is the Founder of Techie Loops