Is talent endagered due to trust issues?

A few weeks ago I attended a conference  about Growth, and how technology is a great contributor to this. I had two key take aways from this day:

  • Talent is a scarce resource and almost endangered
  • Trust is crucial for the well-being in a country, and a positive GDP

The endangered talent

Everyone (except me) felt that finding and recruiting your next talent is really hard. For me all this discussion was on a level if you compare the sales of CD’s to Spotify. Things have changed! Of course people still wants to be full-time employed, and recruiters still do a pretty awesome job (and will do over many many more years). But don’t expect to receive hundreds of applicants for every postion (unless your the hottest company out there).

Another concusion from all the debate was also that there’s a big gap between the supply of talent graduated from the Uni’s, and the demand from the market. Especially in terms of IT-competence. And also, the schools are in some cases teaching old techniques and not the latest ones (since they need to have a research based education).

But challenge your beliefs. Use the power of the gig economy instead. Use talents from all over the world, let them work remotely, train your organization from the gig workers expertise. Is it really necessary to speak your native language to solve this issue? What will be the impact of your company of not finishing or delaying this project?

Trust

Another interesting lesson from the day was from the PhD in Economics who lectured about trust, and how trust has a positive correlation of the society. The economies seems to be more healthy if there’s a high level of trust among the citizens, i.e. strong GDP.

What made me a bit sad in terms of trust was after I read this article about the lack of demand of Quantum computer researchers. Yes they are not that many in the world within this nische, but they do exists. Very common for those brainiacs is relocation. And here’s the true barrier, the immigration process. The immigration process takes forever.

Why?! People that have this expertise and the access to this technology could (if the person have this agenda) easily hack super secret governmental servers in just a few seconds, and distribute the findings to its origin country. At least that’s on of the beliefs

Imagine what would happen to the future of computers, technology etc if trust existed. In my opinion, build trust to co-create magic and not chaos.

For us that are not into the Quantum field, I guess our trust issues comes more from working remotely…..

The Robots are here to stay

This weekend I really felt the importance of re-skilling my skills continuously. Why?! Have you seen the Chinese Humanoid News Anchor? Cool? Scary? Or both?

I think it did a pretty awesome first day at work. Don’t you think? The lip sync will get better. But this is really cool, if you ask me. Soon this technology can be used in various other professions. SOON! It’s time to put the learnability hat on again, and start to enrich yourself with new knowledge. I’m not ready to be obsolete yet!

Here’s the 10 most emerging jobs by 2022 according to World economic forum:

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I’m in both Sales and Marketing today. But will that be enough in the future, especially when you see a Humanoid like the Chinese one? Why limit myself to just one role? Number 8-9 sound like me as well. And yes I would like to learn the rest as well. But I know myself, I’m too restless to do some code!

We’ll see. But I won’t let a robot take my job! Stay relevant and keep on re-skilling is my plan.

What’s your plan when the RPA consultant have done their jobs?

PS. everybody doesn’t embrace new technology…..DS.

What It’s Really Like to Work & Travel Full-time: Insights from a Digital Nomad

It has been time to turn all the spotlight on the second guest writer of this gig worker blog, Samira Holma. When I had a chat with her she told me she was on her way to Lissabon, Portugal. Why? Because she wants to spend more time there. Makes sense right?! Enjoy her story, insights, and inspiration in the life of a Digital Nomad.

What It’s Really Like to Work & Travel Full-time

I’ve been a digital nomad and a full-time traveler for 2+ years. For now, I can’t imagine having it in any other way. Being a traveling nomad can be amazing, but is not for everyone. While the upsides are many, it also requires a lot of energy, motivation, drive, and self-discipline.

With that said… If it fits you, going for it will probably be one of the best decision you’ve ever made.

Here are some insights about the options and what to expect, based on my experiences so far.

The digital nomad lifestyle is more diverse than ever

The number of digital nomads has increased a lot over the past years and this trend is just expected to continue. Some predictions show that there will be 1 billion digital nomads by 2035.

That’s more than the population of Brazil, Europe, and South Africa, combined.

The options within the nomad lifestyle go as far as your imagination. The following are a few examples of how the lifestyle may vary.

Office with a view. All the photos are samples of favorite offices.


By profession

While certain roles, such as programmers, designers, SEO experts, writers, nutritionists, and marketers, are more represented, there are nomads within most areas these days. The variation I’ve seen ranges from doctors and physics, to selling diapers online (yes, really).

What usually sets the limit is the mindset of what’s possible. I was skeptical towards remote project management before, but have learned that you can achieve great results off-site.

Since many future managers represent a generation who has never lived without high-tech, and the technology keeps on advancing faster than ever, I expect the variation to increase.


By employment type

You can work as a freelancer, grow your own business, or be employed. Several leading companies such as Amazon, Google, and Facebook are providing more flexible conditions in an attempt to match the flexibility the digital nomad lifestyle offers. Options, such as working from home, or rotating between different locations, are being promoted as perks to attract the best talent. Many leading brands do also contract remote workers.

I’ve consulted for a wide range of companies and it’s, not very surprisingly, easier to collaborate with organizations that are used to remote teams, than with those that aren’t. They have different routines and processes in place, which only should improve over the coming years.

By traveling (life)style

While I live a relatively fast-paced life without a fixed base, since that’s the way I like it, there are other nomads who prefer to be based in one location permanently, rather than constantly being on the move. There are also those who like to be based in the same city for a few months.

I’m usually based in one country for a longer time since I like to get to know the culture and the people, but I like to explore it well while I’m there. I’m in Portugal right now and will be going back to South America towards the end of the year. I’ve got the option to stop traveling and base myself somewhere at any time, and usually, travel without dates. That freedom is hard to beat.

By type of income

To simplify, income can be divided into active and passive income. Within each category, there is a wide range of options. You can earn active income by offering consulting services, selling products, being an influencer etc. Passive income is usually achieved through affiliate marketing or by selling online products, such as e-books and courses etc.

Passive income is a dream for many, since it allows you to earn money while you’re sleeping, literally. Several people earn millions this way (and quite a few fail, as well). Many nomads combine these two, but usually start with active income sources.

You will learn a lot, as long as you take initiatives

One of my fears before becoming a digital nomad was to leave the comfort of an office and the whole structure around it, where knowledge sharing, mentorship and so on, is a natural part.

Looking back, I’ve never advanced faster than over the past two years. The nomad lifestyle has allowed me to work with a wide range of clients across cultures and time zones. I’ve learned more about entrepreneurship, and best practices within my area (marketing) across borders. I’ve become more productive and skilled at familiarizing myself with new places and cultures.

I’ve experienced how it is to not be able to express myself in cultures that are quite the opposite from where I grew up. I’ve learned Spanish, and I’m on my way to mastering Portuguese.

As long as you take initiatives, there are many networks and events that you can join, which makes it easy to connect and learn from others across functions, no matter of location.

You will have unforgettable experiences

The freedom to be able to work from anywhere is what attracts people, and also what I love most about this lifestyle. I’ve worked from mountains, deserts, vineyards, lodges, beaches, all kinds of transports, charming hotels and cafés, and so on.


Creating your own schedule allows you to work when you’re the most productive, as long as you plan for it. Since I’m specialized in content within the travel industry, my lifestyle works as a great source of inspiration.

I’ve traveled through most of South America, and had some incredible experiences. The carnival in Rio, skiing down a volcano in Chile, wine tasting in Uruguay, driving through the driest desert in the world, slept in the jungle, seen the Iguazu falls, hiked through stunning nature, seen Saturnus on a private astrology tour, bungee jumped, visited coffee farms in Colombia, and spent more time in my hometown in a row than ever during the past 10 years, are just a few of the highlights.  

International network and new friends

Lastly, but most importantly, I’ve met so many inspiring people. I’ve grown my network internationally, and made new friends for life, which I’ll be forever grateful for.

To sum it all up

In summary, it’s easy to understand why the number of digital nomads is expected to increase further. New businesses are arising, and traditional systems are changing, to cater to people with this lifestyle, which confirms that it’s much more than a trend. It’s a big change in the way we work and live.

If you choose to go this way, my best recommendation is to find something that you’re passionate about and experiment with the work/life balance, to be able to perform well long-term. It’s a bit cliché, but true. The nomad lifestyle involves so much more than just “traveling with a laptop” and it requires a lot of hard work to be successful. Some people feel lonely and others miss having more routines.



If you find a way that fits you, it can pay off big time by allowing you to design your dream lifestyle, and by giving you more time to check of your bucket list, one item at a time.

//Samira


Get to know Samira

Samira is a writer and content marketer specialized in the travel industry. She’s also a full-time traveler and has so far been to 50+ countries.

Her drive is to inspire others to explore and experience more around the world. She do this by helping exciting travel brands with their content marketing, and by sharing authentic tips from her own trips.

For more info and travel inspiration, check out her website or connect with her on social media (LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter).


Thanks Samira for your great story!

Do you also have a gig worker story that you want to share to inspire others? Then please do so 🙂

4 short gig stories

In my daily work and free time a meet a lot of gig workers, and would therefore want to share four short gig stories:


The Anxious

I met this guy at the beach this summer, and he had just become a gig worker. I have to say that he was a bit anxious about leaving the a top job as a Finance manager. He had worked at several different larger companies, and have had several different high positions within finance.

Kiddos, a big workload and several other reasons led to a lighter burnout. To make a long story short, he quit his job and didn’t really have a second plan except for finding himself, and feel great again.

After a while, he was both restless and in need of money to pay the bills. So he entered the Gig economy. Yay, you might think. He felt the same way for a while. He registered his CV at a consultant company, and they manage to get his first gig pretty soon.

When I met him he had only been working in the gig economy for a couple of months. He both enjoyed it, and was anxious. Enjoyed it because he almost did nothing to find a well paid job. And anxious about several things:

  • Will the bank allow loans when not having a permanent job?
  • Will I find a new job when the contract is out?
  • Is the client right?
  • Will I enjoy working without my own colleagues?

I told him: as long as you’re good in what you’re doing you shouldn’t worry about finding another gig in the future. And he felt a bit confident when I told him that the workplace trends are going towards the gig economy.


The Calling

I have known this guy for a very long time, and he’s great! Very very goal oriented. This guy has been studying abroad a lot, in almost what could be considered as Ivy League schools/programs within Business administration, with a focus on Marketing strategies.

He only worked a few year in a graduate position before he entered his first top position as a Product manager. Product manager might not sound that fancy fancy, but this is a market leader, and one of the biggest companies within its niche. My first thought when he did it was WOW, you’re awesome! And this was before he turned 30 as well.

As with all jobs, he was in need of a new challenge after a while. So he got a new product manger job within a similar industry, and manage a lot of its marketing as well. He liked the job, but felt that there was something that was missing. A true challenge.

When I spoke to him about a year ago he told me he had quit his job. What?! What are you suppose to do now was my first reaction! He answered with a lot of confident: “I’m taking this Web developer boot camp where we have to learn how to code in a few weeks. I’ve always wanted to learn how to code, and now was the time. I felt a calling”.

Can you imagine? Just leaving a nice job just like that, and follow your dream?! Firstly he helped friends and family with simple some simple projects just to build his portfolio. Secondly, he landed his own web project client after a while.

Now he’s very confident and really enjoys his daily work. He doesn’t regret his career swith at all. True inspiration on how we all should prepare our thinking for future of work, and adapt and learn new stuff. Did I mention that I have slowly enrolled a Web developer boot camp from Udemy?


Never again!

I ran into a former colleague today at my clients office, and we had a short chat about our new jobs etc. Back in the days he used to be a low level programmer within embedded systems, and I know that this guy rocks when it comes to code. Now he felt like he was home with really challenging tasks etc.

Since he knows what I’m doing and I know about his past as a gig worker, we talked a bit about the gig economy, and the demand for his skills in this area. So I asked him: Are you interested in going back as a consultant again, and running your own business again?

A short reply: NO, not at all. I don’t want to feel isolated. I want to be part of something, and feel an ownership of what I’m doing. So NO. Never again. Unless I have to….

Great insights. Why change a winning concept when you’re happy and satisfied?


I’m my own boss now

This story is the other way around than the previous one. A Project Manager I met at a lunch meeting.  This guy has a lot of energy, and I can see why he’s successful. He briefly told me his story.

He used to be employed by a consultant firm, where his consultant managers find his new assignments (both long and short ones). Of course, not all assignments can therefore be challenging and fun. The focus of course for the consultant manager is to decrease the time having a consultant on the “bench”. He used to be fine with this setup.

What happened next was that the company went through a major re-organization. The smaller firm he was used to had in a way lost his sole. And now the owners where focusing (at least that his feeling) on reducing costs and increase their margins. The new managers didn’t have the time to focus on getting to know him, since their main interest was on findin g new assignments. After a few really boring tasks, and bad salary reviews, he took the decision to become his own boss, and join the Gig economy with no hesitation.

He knew he would succeed, both due to his skills and his former network. He could find his first client really fast, and really enjoyed this gig. All good comes to an end, and he had to find a new gig since the contract expired.

His contract at his first client expired on a Friday, and the next Monday he had a new gig and his second client. Good job. During this time I met him. Of course I had to ask, aren’t you missing your old employment?

NO! Now I can choose wherever, whenever, and when I want to do what I like to do (the gig economy dream). If I want to go on holiday for let’s say 10 weeks per year, I´ll do it and no-one can do anything about it. Of course I have to make sure that the project is still running without me, and that I save enough money so I can pay my bills when I don’t work that much. For me the gig economy is the true definition of work-life balance. I’ve always been eager to learn new stuff, and this I still have to do to stay relevant. And you know what, I like it!


Thanks for getting to know you guys. True inspirations.

Which one of these for gig personas are you? No matter if your story is different or not, please share it.