Ever since I was young, it's been my dream to travel the world!
However, I graduated from university with an unmarketable degree during an economic downturn.
Most of my peers either couldn't find work or had to work two or more jobs and they were barely surviving.
I was worried about my (lack of) prospects on the job market and I thought I'd never be able to travel the world because I didn't have a high-earning degree.
I was wrong!
If you're not afraid to step out of your comfort zone, consider these 3unconventional, adventurous,and easy to get jobsthat you can start right after university no matter what you studied!
Job 1: Teach English in South Korea
South Korea is a wealthy country known for its safety and pop culture exports.
But did you know it's also a popular destination for teaching English as a second language (ESL), especially for young people with little to zero experience teaching it?
What do you need to be able to teach ESL in South Korea?
You must be a citizen of 1 of 7 designated countries (the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Ireland, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand).
You must be a native English speaker or have lived in a country where English is the primary language for at least 10 years.
You must hold a bachelor's degree in any subject from an accredited university.
And what are the benefits of teaching ESL there?
Employer-provided airfare to South Korea
Some employers will pay this upfront, while others will reimburse you on your first paycheck
Some contracts may require you to pay it back if you don't finish your one-year contract
A furnished studio apartment within walking distance of your school
Save up to $1,000 or more of your salary every month!
A pension that you can collect when you leave South Korea
Contribute 4.5% of your income every month and your employer matches it!
A contract completion bonus equal to one month's salary after completing one year
As you can see, you can save quite a bit of money while teaching ESL in South Korea. Many teachers use it to travel for several months in Asia after their contracts end.
What an opportunity for those right out of college and without teaching experience!
You want to teach ESL in South Korea. What MUST you do to prepare?
Job 2: Work salmon season in Alaska
For this one, you don't even need a college degree!
Working as a seafood processor in Alaska isn't glamorous work, but it allows you to work hard for 3 months and live the rest of the year off your savings.
I worked for three summers in Alaska, first as a processor and later as a quality assurance team lead and trainer. Here's how it went for me:
I worked between 800-1000 hours over the course of 10-12 weeks. I worked 16-18 hour days during the peak of the season. That's a lot of overtime pay!
I got free room and board as a lead and only paid $5 per day for room and board as a processor. I saved nearly everything I made.
I got to work with people from all over the world, as folks from Latin America, Eastern Europe, and Asia come to work in Alaska on temporary work visas.
With my savings after 3 months of work ($12k in my first summer and $20k in my third summer), I was able to spend the next 9 months traveling in cheaper countries while teaching English online part time.
Job 3: Volunteer internationally with the Peace Corps
The Peace Corps isan awesome opportunity to live abroad while also strengthening your resume.
What is the Peace Corps?
It's a volunteer organization set up by the US government for U.S. citizens to work abroad in the international development field for 2-3 years.
Check out the video below for a quick look at the Peace Corps' mission:
Must be a U.S. citizen
At least 18 years of age
Typical experience requirements
A bachelor's degree in any discipline
Or at least 5 years professional work experience
How can I survive abroad as a volunteer?
Don't worry! You'll be provided with:
A monthly stipend that equals around the amount that local people earn
A readjustment allowance at the end of service that is paid into every month
If you complete a 27-month contract, you can receive more than $10,000
Which job is the best fit?
Michael wants to take a seven-month backpacking trip through Latin America and he wants to do it as soon as possible. Unfortunately, he doesn't have any savings available.
Sam wants to beef up his resume with some volunteer experience so he can gain employment in an international refugee relief agency. He's not concerned with making a lot of money for the next few years.
Julia just graduated from college and wants to pursue a master's degree. However, she can't afford it right now. She wants to save up at least $15,000 over the next 2 years so she can pay for her master's without taking a loan. She also wants to explore another culture.
Whose #1 choice would be to work in an Alaskan salmon cannery?