Some workers in the tech field, tired of spending every day of their life in the same cubicle or city, risked leaving everything behind to dedicate themselves to travel and see new places, without stopping working. But… Is it possible to work and travel at the same time? Well, apparently yes, to the point that, today, it has become a worldwide movement known as "nomadic workers".
Well, prepared people, generally in some technological field (engineers, programmers, etc.) or who exercise a profession framed within the so-called digital economy, who decide to work traveling the world for a time. Arguably there are two types of nomadic workers:
In any case, on occasions, knowmads They can also work as digital nomads and even combine both activities at the same time.
They are qualified persons, if a certain age and without social or family chargesEither because they do not have them or because their children are older and do not depend on them. This is basically due to the intrinsic characteristics of this type of work. Continuously or periodically changing your site requires courage, a lot of energy, and having nothing to lose.
Continuously traveling can be exhausting and create some stress if not managed properly, so a young person or one not so young but “with a young spirit”, with energy and passion for what they do, it will take much better.
On the other hand, spending so much time away from your partner and family, especially if you have small children, can be very hard, hence it is common for people who embark on this type of nomadic life to lack family responsibilities. Once underway, that continuous change does not allow, in most cases, to establish solid ties with someone or form a family, since you do not get to be in the same place long enough for that; except in the case of nomadic couples, in which both members of the couple travel together.
In the case of digital nomads are usually owners of their own business, entrepreneurs or self-employed (freelance) who can carry out their work from practically anywhere, as long as they have an Internet connection.
Many young bloggers fall into this category. Some started with a small blog as a hobby and now have their own company with several employees. Most of them take advantage of their travels as a source of information for their websites, but there are also workers from other fields.
In general, the profiles of this type of worker are very varied: writers, programmers, graphic designers, translators, e-learning teachers, consultants ...; and, ultimately, any profession in the new digital economy that can make use of new technologies to work remotely and travel at the same time.
They are usually people flexible, highly adaptable and capable of value the feeling of freedom that gives them the power to self-manage their time and work.
Some also use this modality of remote work to live or spend seasons in countries or regions where they can enjoy a good quality of life for a more affordable price than in the big cities where the companies for which they are usually found can be found. they work.
It is increasingly common to find nomadic couples and groups of nomadic friends who travel together or meet each other in agreed places. to avoid the feeling of loneliness inherent in this type of work and of which many complain.
In the case of knowmads, instead, there is something specific that differentiates them and it is their personal knowledge and experience, combined with a series of innate and learned skills, among which are great creativity and the ability to adapt and solve problems, which allows them to contribute their knowledge and the ability to create something new and innovative wherever they go.
Raquel Roca, journalist, digital consultant and analyst of the future of work and author of the book "KNOWMADS: The workers of the future" defines these workers as people:
To these characteristics, some more could be added:
The profile of knowmads today is mainly technological (engineers, programmers ...), although there are also other sectors.
A knowmad You arrive at a site when your knowledge is needed and you leave when you have nothing else to contribute or because you believe that your knowledge will be more useful elsewhere. At the same time it learns from its experience in the different places it passes through.
This modality of itinerant workers who go from company to company, through different countries, working on projects or as temporary workers, contributing their knowledge at a specific time, They favor the exchange of ideas and information with other professionals, speeding up innovation and giving rise to new products, services, etc.; that probably wouldn't emerge without this collaboration.
Raquel Roca presents in her book knowmads as the workers of the future. Various studies warn that over the next few years, robots, autonomous vehicles and, in general, all technology related to robotics and artificial intelligence will overturn the job market around the world, by replacing humans in numerous jobs. We will all have to renew or fail.
In this sense, only those people with specialized knowledge and that cannot be carried out by a robot or artificial intelligence system will be able to survive on that stage and that's where the knowmads they will reach their peak and become the norm.
According to Roca, 45% of the workforce in 2020 will consist of knowmadsand companies and labor laws in different countries will have to adapt to accommodate and cover them.
Currently, large companies have, for the most part, very rigid internal structures in which it is not easy for a knowmad lace, hence this type of nomadic workers move mainly in the world of startups, much more flexible and capable of truly assessing the capabilities of this new worker profile.
As for nomadic workers in general, both digital nomads and knowmads, they often run into numerous bureaucratic problems related to work visas, health insurance, taxes, etc.
In this sense, it is necessary for governments to adapt their legislation to accommodate and legal coverage for this type of worker that change and move so quickly, especially if they aim to strengthen and boost their digital economies.
As their number increases various meeting spaces have emerged in which these nomadic workers can meet other nomads, share experiences, ask for help or advice from expert nomads, set up meeting places or simply chat with someone with common interests, even through the Internet.
These are some of their meeting spaces:
It has even been held recently the DNX Digital Nomad Conference, a congress of nomadic workers which took place in the city of Bangok, in Thailand, from February 29 to March 2, 2020.
There are some websites specialized in this type of work. In them, interested companies can find and hire this type of talent, while nomadic workers can search for jobs. Here are some of them:
You can see a complete list of sites here (in English).