It’s 11 a.m. on a Monday and you’ve just started your workweek. You look out the window (if you even have one where you work) and all you can see is grey. Skyscrapers, throngs of people, lines of cars honking at each other and spewing exhaust. In winter, all the disgustingness is heightened by the frigid temperatures. Your mind wanders off to a tropical island, and all you can picture is yourself in a bathing suit sipping a mai tai, laptop in hand, working on the beach.
Your fantasy doesn’t have to stay a fantasy if job site Jobbatical has anything to do with it.
As the company name implies (job + sabbatical), they want to help the more adventurous among us break free from the 9-to-5 grind and find a job abroad, preferably in a warmer climate. It’s one of the scariest moves someone can make: leave their comfort zone, head to a completely foreign country with a different language, culture and way of life, and try to acclimatize. What if it doesn’t work? What if you have to head back home, head hanging low, and face your friends and family after the failure?
Jobbatical aims to support you throughout the process and make it easier. The small Estonia-based start-up specifically looks for skilled professionals (at this point, mainly in IT) looking to make it abroad. Most of the jobs they offer are temporary, ranging from three months to a year — like this one for a full stack developer in Johannesburg, South Africa, or this one for a computer vision expert in Bengaluru, India.
Jobbatical founder Karoli Hindriks likens her site to dating before marriage, letting prospective employees try out working in a new country before they go all in and transfer their life across the world. “For a job seeker, it is hard to make a decision to relocate to a new place forever at once. An agreed time frame smooths that,” she says.
Beyond just posting jobs, Jobbatical offers an employee vetting and shortlisting service for the potential employer. “We are also developing visa and relocation services,” says Hindriks. “That’s all on the roadmap.”
For all the adventure seekers out there, your dream job in the tropics might not be just a dream anymore.