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Escape The Desk: Careers For Freedom-Seeking People

If the modern workplace environment could be summed up in a single word, that word would be “desk”. The vast majority of careers now involve sitting behind a desk, often for hours at a time, and usually tapping on a computer. From accountants to web designers, it seems that no career is able to escape the confines of the desk…

… but some careers manage it.

Below are five careers that you may want to contemplate if you need variety, change, and freedom from your career. While these careers will always involve some element of needing to be in the right place at the right time, they offer a glimpse into a working world where a desk doesn’t need to be part of your professional life.


If you work as a gardener your time at work, by necessity, will involve spending a huge amount of time outdoors. Sure, you might need to occasionally consult a plan for your work or buy supplies online, but the majority of your life will spent in the garden you’re working on, carefully tending to the plants under your care.

While gardening does present its challenges — working outside in winter being a particular fly in the ointment — it offers a freedom and flexibility that few modern careers are able to achieve.

Truck driving

Where you drive will be selected for you when you’re a truck driver, but the rest is up to you. You’ll be able to see more of the world, interact with the public, and — most importantly — never have to feel as if you are chained to your desk. The constant changing scenery should keep you engaged, and being able to play whatever music you want, as loud as you want, while working is a major perk.

If you like the sound of truck driving as a career but worry about the training and certification process, then don’t be. If you enroll with a paid truck driving school, then you’ll be able to earn a wage while you train, ensuring that you can embark on a new career rather than uprooting your entire financial circumstance.


If you’d told someone that you wanted to be a blogger 10 years ago, they would likely have looked confused and assumed they misheard you. However, in 2018, blogging is a viable career choice. If there is a subject you are passionate about and want to share with the world, transforming your life by opening a blog is a great choice.

Unlike the two options above, blogging does have a downside– you will have to build and monetize a blog from scratch, rather than retraining and applying for jobs. However, if you’re willing to work hard, blogging can be a viable and lucrative small business that allows you absolute freedom. Many bloggers are even able to become digital nomads thanks to the nature of their work, so it’s well worth considering blogging as a career if the conventional workplace environment doesn’t sound appealing to you.

In conclusion

The three options above offer the opportunity to spend your working life outside of the confines of a conventional office, and are well worth exploring further if they have piqued your interest. Good luck!

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