The story of how I became a digital nomad with a background in social work is nontraditional and unconventional. When most people think of digital nomads, they think of people who work in tech. To be someone with a traditional job who works remotely, in a field so stereotyped such as social work, often perplexes people.
Yet, due to the pandemic that started in 2019, many ” traditional ” jobs have changed. There is freedom and flexibility now that did not exist for people who work in Social Services, Education, Health, and any other traditional job sector. So while my story is rare or unique, others can do the same.
And here I am, a traveling remote social worker, ready to spill the beans! I love being a research and evaluation consultant in macro social work (with no LMSW, LCSW – only a MSW). So as someone who talks a lot about finding freedom and flexibility outside the office with a nine-to-five job, I thought it would be good to share my story of how I became a digital nomad and how to prepare for a similar journey.