Irish by birth, Mary Murphy realized she could run her communications consultancy from anywhere and moved to Budapest, Hungary, a perfect home base for her many travels. This piece originally came from her blog.
I have only been fired once.
My then boss had a litany of reasons for wanting rid of me that she had wrapped up in a bow-shaped accusation that I was bringing down the morale of the team. We’d just had a major success. Everyone else was jumping up and down with excitement, breaking out the bubbly. Me? I reacted in true Irish fashion with a quiet ‘That’s grand. Now, about that budget…’ Months of simmering antipathy boiled over and I was fired. It felt good.
I’ve never been really attached to work. I see it more as a means to travel, a reason to go somewhere else. While others were settling down with their careers, I was proving to be an unboxable nightmare for the various recruitment agencies I signed up with. What ambitions I have are personal. My half-hearted flirtation with the corporate ladder gave me soul splinters. I spent six months once trying to find a voluntary posting overseas with an aid agency — any aid agency — but no one would have me. I had nothing they needed. It felt bad.
That was twenty-something years ago. Twenty-something years of moving around, exploring new fields, studying new disciplines, and I still have no idea what I want to be when I grow up. This week, though, I discovered something that got my heart pounding a little. And loathe though I am to admit it, I can feel some tentative excitement tiptoeing through my veins for the first time in quite a while.
Enter Karoli Hindriks, a 31-year-old Estonian, who started her first company at the age of 16. A graduate of the NASA-partnered Singularity University in Silicon Valley — a benefit corporation that provides educational programs, innovative partnerships and a start-up accelerator to help individuals, businesses, institutions, investors, NGOs and governments understand cutting-edge technologies, and how to utilize these technologies to positively impact billions of people — Hindriks is doing her bit to make the world a better place.
The brain behind Jobbatical, her mission is to match the wealth of professional expertise that has itchy feet with global start-ups who could benefit from their international experience. Her marketing goal is to get the word Jobbatical into the dictionary…