How to Find Location-Independent Jobs for Soon-to-Be Grads

How to Find Location-Independent Jobs for Soon-to-Be Grads

I sincerely hope that at some point this spring you’ve had a chance to relax and reflect upon your accomplishments. After all, graduation is nearly here! Sure, this is also a time for final exams and some inevitable stress; that doesn’t mean that it can’t also be a time of celebration. After all, you’ll soon bid farewell to most of the classmates and places that have been familiar to you in order to enter “The Real World” (population: many), with all of its obligations and potential.  

Speaking of that, the job search has likely been on your mind for months, if not whole semesters now. I’d bet that it’s been a central topic in conversations with family members and probably your friends, too.

Your search may be ongoing. Perhaps you’re exploring a different direction for your first job after college.

You’ve got more options than past generations—that’s for sure. Remote work is one of them, and you can set yourself up for success even if you’re seeking your first remote role in location-independent jobs.

How to Find Location-Independent Jobs for Soon-to-Be Grads

Workin’ 9-to-5

As a younger millennial, you might not recall the 80’s Dolly Parton hit about working 9-to-5, but the phrase is likely familiar. You might even agree with the song’s second line: What a way to make a living!

I’m on board with you there. The thought of spending a set number of hours in a sedentary environment beneath fluorescent lighting didn’t appeal to me, although I did work in an office for six years. Yep, that’s right: six years of commuting, office politics, frequent meetings and interruptions, occasional trips to the restroom, and allotted time for lunch.

Naturally, there were a number of advantages—who doesn’t enjoy collaborating on cool projects or meeting interesting new people? But these were often outweighed by the many inconveniences.

I tested the waters of remote work in 2013, went full-time remote in early 2014, and haven’t looked back since. On the days when I miss being around people, I simply stop in to a local coffee shop or explore new coworking spots—both of which are way more inspiring spaces than most offices.

Location-Independent Jobs: The Future of Work?

You and I are lucky. Gone are the days when remote work opportunities were synonymous with ho-hum, dead-end jobs, or worse, work-from-home scams. You might share the opinions of a majority of recent graduates surveyed, who said that they’d like to work for a company that offered opportunities to work remotely.

If so, a variety of entry-level remote jobs exist for grads in a diverse set of fields, such as:

  • journalism and communications
  • nutrition, nursing, and health professions
  • graphic and web design
  • user experience

Here on we often list entry level remote jobs in each of our remote job categories. Recently featured jobs include:

  • teaching and tutoring
  • writing
  • web development
  • customer service

Perhaps you have a remote internship or two under your belt, or maybe not; regardless, you can still show employers that you have what it takes to be productive outside of an office setting.

You could decide to try your luck in an entirely new location, either domestically or overseas. With remote work, you’ll have a secure position that supports you no matter where you decide to call home. Nowadays you can even design your own remote adventure that takes you to places you’ve been meaning to go (see this helpful checklist to get you started).

The bottom line? Working doesn’t have to get in the way of your life; working on your own terms can be an interesting new way of life.

Not sure what kind of remote worker you’d like to be? Take our quiz to find out. (And don’t forget to tell us where you stand.)

Have you considered location-independent jobs? It’s a big world out there, full of opportunity for highly trained, talented new grads like yourself. What are you waiting for?

Start your search for a remote job. 

By Kristi DePaul | Categories: Work Remotely

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