Recent Canadian graduate Amelia Martin has just finished her studies at Western University. She’s spent one month interning for a book publishing startup while on Start Me Up’s Startup Internship Program in Bali.

When I was in my final year of business school I started applying to corporate jobs just like everyone else so I would have something secured before graduation.

However, whenever the inevitable interview question of “why did you apply for this job?” came up I often found myself without a substantial answer.

Because everyone else is? Because it’s what I am expected to do? I knew those weren’t what my answers should be and it would be unfair to both myself in the company if I took a job I didn’t really want.

So I started making plans to save my money and go traveling. I had heard of the idea of digital nomads before and I was interested to explore the lifestyle more while travelling around Asia but I had no idea how to get a job working remotely. Then I came across Start Me Up and it was the perfect opportunity to test the digital nomad lifestyle.

Since leaving the -22°C weather in Canada and coming to Bali I have spent a week working with a publishing startup reaching out to editors and trying to match them with up-and-coming authors, in addition to researching and writing for their monthly newsletter. I’m an avid bookworm so it is exciting to get experience in the publishing industry and see how possibilities for remote work exist in even the most traditional industries.

I’ve only been here a few weeks but it feels much longer than that given the number of things I have done in that time and the people I’ve met.

In the co-working space, you truly meet people from every corner of the world with such diverse backgrounds. It is much more social than I expected and there are multiple networking events every week so making friends outside of the other Start Me Up interns is easy and fun. Some examples of people I’ve already met are: a doctor from Norway, a computer programmer from Kazakhstan, and a graphic designer from Argentina.

After only being here for a week working in Start Me Up has expanded my view of how new ways of working are reshaping workplace norms. Through a number of workshops and events I have also been able to see what type of careers prospects exist within the world of remote work and I hope I have the opportunity to continue working remotely so I can meet my travel and career goals. 

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