A Career Nomad is anyone who wishes to include “change” as a core piece of their career. That’s it.
You don’t need to travel the world, living out of a backpack and sleeping in a bunk bed. You can be a Career Nomad in one city – and even in one company. (I’ve done both. ☺ )
It’s a simple concept, but are you ready?
You won’t need any gimmicks or a new degree – all you’ll need are some attitude and a bit of personality.
Let’s take a look at the six most essential qualities.
1. Desire for change
It’s not just enough to adapt to change – we have to seek it out. Because when we’re looking for change, that means we’re in choosing mode. When we wait for change to come to us, we’re the ones being chosen.
Change might not be easy at first, but it gets exponentially easier the more we do it. Keep at it, and you’ll be flying.
2. Adaptable to shifting landscape
Once change is forced into our careers, how are we going to react? Are we going to cling to our old skill sets? Our old colleagues? Our old perspectives?
A successful Career Nomad feeds off shifting landscapes and learns to navigate through the turmoil until, once again, we gain control.
3. Ability to conquer fear
Change isn’t easy – especially the first time. There’s a reason why we’ve stuck with one company or one industry or even one job: because we’ve become successful at it. Who knows how much success awaits us in the unknown?
But fear is the biggest limitation there is. Not only is it the biggest, but it’s entirely ours – which means that we have absolute power over it. And every time we knock it down, it gets easier and easier.
No one’s going to tell you to be happy, and they certainly won’t be able to make it happen. While fear can keep us standing still, a desire for something bigger can push us forward.
Everyone has the inner need for a bigger life. The question is: do you have it in you to put it into action?
5. Ownership of your career
Being a Career Nomad is more than just bouncing from job to job. It’s treating your working life as one giant project: managing toward a set of goals, fully aware that time and money are passing by with every unproductive day.
Career Nomads never take their eyes off the big picture, recognizing that we don’t just develop a career: we have to own it.
6. Ownership of your life
All of the above really comes down to one question: how do you want to spend the rest of your life? Do you want to be at the mercy of some management team you’ve never met – strangers? – or do you want to feel like you’re in the driver’s seat?
Because we spend most of our adult lives either working, getting ready for work, travelling to/from work, or thinking (fretting?) about work. And if we don’t feel in control of our careers – 60-70% of our waking time – then how can we possibly say that we’re in control of our lives??
Does this list sum it up for you? What else might you need to become a Career Nomad? Tell us in the comments below!