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EPISODE SLICE #43: Want a Job Abroad? Persistence and Passion Go a Long Way

I want to start out by saying that I LOVE today’s interview. Turner Barr is the face behind Around the World in 80 Jobs, which is exactly what it sounds like. He picks up different types of jobs all over the world as a way to fund his travels and to show YOU that there are opportunities out there. It’s all about persistence. We filmed this interview when he was home in Seattle, but he is now in Thailand!

Turner is a no-fluff, say-it-like-it-is kind of guy whose words might sometimes get him in trouble. With that being said, there’s no controversy in this episode, and he addresses some great questions that a lot of young professionals have about their futures. For example, the dreaded “What do I want to do with my life?” question. He explains that it’s okay to not know and that we don’t need to put so much pressure on ourselves about it.

Here are some more highlights from the interview:

  • Different types of jobs that he has held while traveling (odd jobs, location-independent jobs, adventure travel jobs) and how to get them
  • What kind of personality or character traits does it take to get these jobs?
  • Advice on taking a look at your interests and skills to see what’s “right” for you
  • How English is a connecting language, and you don’t need to know a ton of other languages to get by

He also mentioned a quote that I really like, so I’ll make it a Tweetable: “I’d rather have a life filled with ‘oh wells’ than ‘what ifs.’” <— Click to tweet! So go on out there and don’t be afraid to make mistakes.

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  • Leslie Forman

    I really enjoyed this interview. Thanks Alexa and Turner! I can relate to a bunch of your stories, Turner. I’m also a Cal alum and I’ve been working somewhat random jobs abroad (in China and in Chile) for most of the years since I graduated in 2006. I agree with you that living in one place and working can be a lot more interesting than just traveling from hostel to hostel.

    • Alexa Hart

      Thanks Leslie for listening and commenting! Love what you both are doing. Finding work overseas isn’t for everyone, but it shows a different side of the country that you might not necessarily see if you were just traveling :-).

    • Around the World in 80 Jobs

      Awesome. Living overseas is what is up.