Jobs for the Wanderer

There are some pretty cool jobs out there, but what might be ideal for one person might be an absolute nightmare for another. Some people can’t handle the team atmosphere, yet some people can’t get motivated unless there are others to engage with. Some of us need deadlines, some of us get stressed out whenever a deadline appears on the horizon.  Luckily, there is an array of employment opportunities to suit everyone. But for a lot of modern, location independent travellers, there’s quite an important need to find jobs which allow them to come and go as they please. Most free spirits want to blow into town, make a few bucks, then ride off to their next adventure. This is great if it’s a town which specialises in seasonal or temporary work, but sometimes one needs to be a bit more thoughtful in looking for employment.

One potentially lucrative gig is event staffing. It’s one of those jobs you’re either good at or not.  People tend to gravitate to this type of work if they’re outgoing and truly enjoy unfamiliar social settings: parties, product launches, open days, corporate meetings, there really is a long list of possible events which require a chatty, outgoing host to liven things up. An ideal candidate for this type of work usually doesn’t need to be told so. Most hosts and hostesses are super keen to get into the middle of the action and go on the charm offensive, and if they have a gift for sales, the potential to make a great living from this type of employment is very real indeed. There are many companies here in Australia like Sydney based Gaston Management who are always on the lookout for promising employees, and the beauty about this type of work is that, those cut out for it, will find it much less like work, and much more like actually going to a party. Also, the potential to network is incredible; some of these corporate events will be like an open  invitation to meet some very influential people. The contacts, and inevitably the friends, which could be made while hosting such events could have very beneficial effects for future opportunities.

So, who should give this a try?  Well, there are a few key traits which separate those who should from those who should not – answer these two questions:

  • Do you ever have an issue starting a conversation with a complete stranger? It’s probable most of us can start a conversation if need be – especially if paid to do so – but is it a natural process for you? Do you hesitate? Or does it feel forced sometimes? If so then hosting is most probably not a good idea.
  • Do you like a crowd? Again, you may be great at striking up conversations but not great in a group. Unfortunately you’ll need to enjoy both. Events tend to be lively affairs. Chances are they’ll be loud and busy. If you don’t like these kinds of settings it’s probably best to steer clear of this kind of work.