Stephanie Leahy

Recruitment

Remote since 2018

When did you start remote working?

I started working remotely this year - 2018! My first 6 months as a Digital Nomad have been a whirlwind, but I've loved every minute of it.

What did you do before you worked remotely?

Previously, I worked for a top 300 Australian company in telecommunications in their internal Talent Acquisition team. 

What do you do now to support yourself financially?

I contract directly to a boutique recruitment agency based in Brisbane, I work about 35 hours a week.

How did you transition to become a remote worker?

My previous employer was unable to offer my role in a remote capacity, so I chose to move to a smaller agency that would allow me to be location independent. It was a tough choice to leave my previous position, but I knew I wanted to at least give remote work and travel a go (turns out it's the best move I've ever made).

What's a typical day in your life now?

Right now, I'm in Europe so I work night shift to match Australian hours. It takes a bit of getting used to, but for me the effort is well worth it. I'm able to work 6-7 hours per day and still have time for my routine including gym, cooking and maybe some exploring. 

What's the thing you enjoy most about being location independent and working remotely?

I love living in different cities, even if my weekdays are predominately dedicated to work, I get to live and do everyday things in a completely foreign city. Today, I finished work and strolled down to the local farmers market in Belgrade where I picked up my fruit and veg for the week! The people are so friendly; it's awesome to experience a city not as a tourist.

What are you most looking forward to in the next year?

Next year, January specifically, I will be working remotely from Mexico! I am incredibly excited to see Central America and learn Spanish.

What is the one thing you would advise to anyone looking to take great control of their work life?

You only live once, make the most of it. You have the ability to create the work-life you want. It may take some time applying and maybe online study, a slight drop in pay, or a change in direction but it's definitely possible and worth it.

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