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Embracing a New Frontier: Why I Quit Public Safety for a Remote Job



For individuals entrenched in the demanding world of public safety, the prospect of leaving behind a career focused on protecting and serving others may seem daunting. However, the rise of remote work has opened up a new frontier of possibilities, offering a different kind of fulfillment and flexibility. In this blog post, we will explore compelling reasons why someone might choose to transition from a public safety profession to a remote job, unveiling the unique advantages and opportunities that await.


1. Work-Life Balance:

Public safety roles often involve irregular shifts, long hours, and high-stress situations. Transitioning to a remote job can provide a significant improvement in work-life balance. Remote work offers flexibility in scheduling, allowing individuals to better allocate time for personal responsibilities, family, hobbies, and self-care. With the ability to work from home or anywhere with an internet connection (depending on employer), you regain control over your time.


2. Reduced Physical and Emotional Strain:

Public safety professions can take a toll on physical and emotional well-being. Constant exposure to hazardous environments, traumatic incidents, and high-stress scenarios can lead to burnout and long-term health implications. Transitioning to a remote job removes the physical demands and reduces exposure to such challenging circumstances, providing an opportunity for a more sustainable and healthier work environment.

For some this imposes a challenge as the lack of physical strain (or work) can cause lack of physical activity directly affecting health. Maintaining some extent of physical activity is key to this remaining a positive trait.



3. Career Transition and Growth:

Quitting public safety for a remote job opens the door to explore new career paths and industries. Remote work spans various sectors, including technology, marketing, design, customer service, and more. By leveraging transferable skills and acquiring new ones, individuals can embark on a fresh professional journey that aligns with their interests and passions. Remote work also offers the possibility of career growth and advancement through networking, skill development, and expanding industry knowledge. When I first began exploring the remote work realm, I didn't see many transferrable skills from a hands on job to a remote job. I decided to embrace the need to develop new skills, in doing so, I found far more prior skills that prepared me for this endeavor. Ultimately, discovering indirect transferable skills.


4. Geographical Freedom and Travel Opportunities:

Public safety professions often tie individuals to specific locations due to the nature of their work. Although PTO and trades made travel possible, I was (for the most part) Tied to living in a certain proximity of work. Transitioning to a remote job removes the geographical constraints, allowing freedom of movement and the opportunity to explore new places. Remote work enables individuals to live in different cities, states, or even countries, providing a chance to experience diverse cultures, environments, and lifestyles.



5. Enhanced Autonomy and Independence:

Remote work empowers individuals with a higher degree of autonomy and independence in their work. It allows for self-direction, decision-making, and taking ownership of projects and tasks. This increased level of control and trust can be liberating for those seeking a shift from the structured hierarchy of public safety organizations. Likewise, it can be crippling for those without autonomy and self discipline without the right tools and resources.


Conclusion:

While leaving a public safety profession is a significant decision, transitioning to a remote job offers a new frontier filled with unique advantages and opportunities. Embracing remote work can provide a better work-life balance, reduce physical and emotional strain, open doors for career exploration and growth, offer geographical freedom, and enhance autonomy and independence in one's work. By considering these compelling reasons, individuals can embark on a fulfilling and rewarding remote work journey, discovering a different kind of professional fulfillment while embracing a newfound sense of freedom and flexibility. For me, these reasons left no doubt if I should make the change and here I am, almost a year later, sharing my story for you to follow and learn from.


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