Is The Digital Nomad Lifestyle The Answer To The High Veteran Unemployment Rate?
The Department of Labor reports that the unemployment rate for post 9/11 veterans is almost 2 percentage points higher than the national rate. Over 300,000 Veterans will transition out of the U.S. Armed Forces over the next 12 months and a large number will struggle to find decent jobs. Maybe it’s time for us Veterans to start looking at some unconventional options other than the typical government-backed transition programs that are clearly lacking.
Lately I’ve been getting quite a few emails from friends and Veterans asking, “How are you getting to travel to all of these places? What career are you doing now that you get to travel so much?” The answer is for the past year, since retiring from the Air Force, I’ve been living as a Digital Nomad.
So what is a Digital Nomad? A person utilizing the internet and portable technology, such as a laptop, to maintain a nomadic lifestyle. This capablitiy allows for location independence and setting your own schedule. Working online allows Digital Nomads to travel all over the globe and see all the amazing sites it has to offer at our own pace, as long as we have wi-fi.
Although many Digital Nomads are entrepreneurs, most actually work remotely for companies in coding, graphic design, writing, medical transcription, freelancing, teaching, and coaching. We live in a great time where the traditional workplace is being challenged and more and more companies are hiring remote employees. Laptops, mobile devices, web conference tools, e-readers, virtual assistants, and other devices are making this reality simpler each day.
Hopefully as time goes on, more and more Veterans will take advantage of this emerging opportunity. It is not a traditional path, but it is one that is full of excitement and opportunity. Personally, I think the Digital Nomad lifestyle is the perfect recipe for a Veteran who is looking to step outside of their comfort zone.