My name is Matthew Oleniuk, and I’m thrilled you’ve come to the Career Nomad.
But a word of warning before we begin: we’re actually here to talk about building a career full of fun, excitement, and reward.
Before you start looking for articles about backpacks and dependable hiking boots, you should know that you won’t find those here. Here you won’t discover tips about how to live on a shoestring budget, or how to sleep on trains, or anything you might have learned about what a “nomad life” might be.
Here you won’t be encouraged to dream of a lifestyle that can only be better if you rip up your current situation by the roots, nor will you read about how amazing your life could be – if only you didn’t have a spouse, and a family, and a house you love, and a city you truly call “home.”
Okay, so why are we here?
What you will find on this site, though, is how to bring that same “nomad” mindset – mobility, freedom, love of change – to your career, no matter what it is.
You’ll find out how to morph your experience into whatever you want it to be. You’ll discover that setting small, close targets will only get you a version of what you already have – that if you want something truly different and rewarding, you’ll need to set huge targets that a lot of people might dismiss as “unrealistic.”
Basically, you’re going to learn that while most of the so-called career experts out there are still selling small, incremental adjustments that preserve the status quo, here you’ll find out just how much further you can go.
Because here’s the thing:
You can get any job you want, provided you put in enough effort and time.
I don’t care how far away that “dream” job might feel. I don’t care where you are right now. I don’t care what you studied in college, and I don’t care what training program your company insisted you take.
There is a dotted line between where you’re sitting right now and every far-off possibility – and I know how to get there.
Because I’ve done it.
My Nomad Story
I spent the better part of my twenties living the traditional “nomad” lifestyle: ten years, ten cities, six countries – and about thirty jobs. (In fact, up until I finally cracked age 30, I’d worked almost 50 jobs – I got that up to over 65 in my thirties).
So yes: despite the warnings you read about at the top, I really did live the shoestring traveling life!
On my resume you’ll see jobs that took me through Ireland, Britain, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Canada (again), and South Korea. None of those jobs were with a multinational company: they were all cases of “pick up and go.”
It was awesome, it was fun, it was exciting.
But you know what? It’s just not sustainable for a truly balanced, satisfying life – because it’s full of compromise.
Yes, I loved the freedom of new adventures. And I loved having such loose ties to my jobs that I could leave whenever I wanted without a care in the world.
But I hated living practically hand-to-mouth, and at a certain age – no matter how much we try to deny it – it gets pretty exhausting.
And that doesn’t even bring one huge factor into the fold.
A New Life Begins…
Not too long before my thirtieth birthday, I met the woman who would become my wife. I was in a brand new city in Canada, barely back from Australia, and I was merely there for a couple of months before I moved to France. Have some fun, earn some money, then hop on a plane – that was the plan.
My, how things change.
In what felt like a blink of an eye, I met my wife, cancelled my plans, and became a father.
It was an amazing ride, but soon after the dust settled, I realized the part of me that wanted constant change and freedom had never left. My new family had added a whole new (and wonderful!) dimension to my life, but I wasn’t someone who could just get on the “career track” and watch the clock until retirement.
I loved constantly experiencing new environments and new challenges, but my previous traveling experience would have made it tough to feed one person, let alone a family.
Not only that, but I had no real career path: no single set of skills to which I could point and say, “Hire me because I do this really well.”
I had no prospects, a terrible wage – and a serious aversion to lousy jobs.
So what to do?
…And A New Career Is Launched
It was a couple of years after my son was born that I suddenly realized I had bounced my way across a huge organization – from a menial job to one that I was actually starting to enjoy – and increased my salary by 50%.
Over the next 18 months, not only did I work a bunch of new jobs, my salary became triple what it was when I started.
I saw a new career ahead of me that didn’t involve toiling away at jobs I didn’t enjoy for the sole purpose of making more money. I saw a future that didn’t entail being bored from doing the same thing over and over again.
Instead, I saw a future that got me what I did want – and came with more money than I had ever earned before in my life.
It is possible, folks. Don’t listen to career counselors or coaches or friends or bosses that tell you to eliminate this job or that one, to stick with something “closer to your expertise.” That you need to set smaller, more “realistic” goals.
You can get any job you want, and I will help you get there.
So sit back, dig into some of the more popular posts to your right, or for a good content guide, you might want to start here. Also please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or feedback.
But don’t forget to download your free learning package, a comprehensive video training series that goes over the exact system I used to hop from one 5-figure career to another. As I always say, you don’t need luck – you just need a system!
Happy job-traveling, everyone!