A career not bound by geography

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It’s not far-fetched in 2017 – a career with talents that can be utilized wherever you are.

On my bucket list, are the prospects of living in at least ten states (I’ve already been through four) and visiting all fifty (I’ve visited close to thirty). At the young age of thirty-three, I feel that both are accomplishable.

My college degrees were in Computer Systems Engineering Technology, Communications, and Political Science – between them all, there are nascent talents that are hiring across the country. In fact, all three fields can be hired using contract and freelance opportunities.

As for my CSET education, I constantly see temp agencies that are hiring for contract workers for Help Desk positions. I see that many of them are contract positions to fill in for someone while they are away, and others that are temp-to-perm. To be honest, the contract positions that last six months to a year might be the best fit for me. As I write this, I’m doing research into getting A+ certified. I do still have my old knowledge of computer repair, but it needs updating and augmenting for things such as cloud storage, Windows 10, using Help Desk triaging programs, and interfacing with a Help Desk environment in 2017. I’ve seen pays for Help Desk technicians go anywhere from $15-$20/hr (could vary based on region).

As for my Communications education, freelance gigs seem to be in high abundance if you know where to look and are networking well. In my past jobs, I’ve filmed events for groups, have done some basic-to-intermediate level editing on my laptop (the same one I’m using to type this article), have uploaded videos to YouTube and tracked viewership, and I’ve become much better at combining it all with Facebook/Twitter/BeBee Live for the sake of integrating a crowd.

Since Communications also involves social media, I had the pleasure of helping a student organization maintain their Facebook feed. One thing I see far too often with brands is that their social media shares aren’t always in line with their branding strategy.

I also consider myself a solid writer. I’ve written correspondence on a variety of platforms for a variety of purposes. Through my writing, I managed to convince my current financial institution to adopt Apple Pay/Samsung Pay/Android Pay (collectively, what I call “merchant pay”).

As for my Political Science education, legal research has become nearly a hobby. While I have given up on keeping up with current events by-the-minute, I do keep up with pending legislation on a variety of issues. I also try to stay abreast of court rulings. I took a class studying the U.S. Supreme Court where we learned how to draft certiorari petitions, certiorari pool memos, and legal briefs for/against a topic. As part of the ‘science’ end of things, I took the issues I am passionate about and learned their talking points from a variety of angles.

Between all three degrees, I have acquired talents that do not depend on me living in one specific area. Political campaigns and organizations exist everywhere; there will always be a social media feed that needs to be monitored and maintained for sake of maintaining viewership and engagement, and during those times when campaigns aren’t running and research isn’t immediately needed, the IT world will always be looking for a contract Help Desk technician.

Furthermore, thanks to the power of social media, whenever I work on a project, I try to connect with those people on here. One never knows when my talents will come in handy for a project whose job description isn’t public.

As I was having a conversation recently with someone about my mobile career aspirations, I was thinking about my YouTube channel dedicated to road trips. Since I do enjoy documenting my travels and since we are now in the age of live video, that may be the next step. Now, I’m beginning to wish I had done more live videos when I lived in Wisconsin for a year and a half while in school. The good news is that I can start a new trend when next I move. Interestingly enough, I own a GoPro and haven’t been effectively utilizing it.

For those interested in following this journey of mine, I would recommend Following my on here, and I would recommend subscribing to my YouTube channel “Road Trips in a Hoodie” and its Facebook page.

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Mike Rana

Mike Rana is one of those people who is hard to define, though he's not immune to being labeled for something. He likes to talk about many topics including technology, business, politics, education, psychology, and human behavior. In his spare time, Mike enjoys traveling, people watching, analyzing the world around him, writing about his life experiences, absorbing information from various social media channels, and trying to be the voice of reason in the political arena.