7+ yrs working remotely and traveling the world. How she did it.
Katherine Langley has been traveling the world and working remotely in e-learning industry for over 7 years.
Now she is challenging herself to the next stage of her career in web development and data science through Google scholarship program!
From learning Korean and Spanish, becoming certified BlackJack and Poker Dealer, to dancing Tango, Salsa, Blues, Lindy Hop around the world and now pursuing her new dream of developing a Korean learning app, she is all about following her heart.
Katherine is a true Pangian but like many of us, her journey to location independence started in the office…
Katherine, your story is so inspiring but how did you even start working remotely?
“My background before becoming a digital nomad was doing live promotions.
I promoted office supplies, cleaning products, bathroom products, almost every category of liquor you can think of as well as Washington Mutual, Starbucks and much more.
I got the inspiration to go digital nomad from a friend that was teaching math online to 2 colleges.
I searched online for a few months and by Feb 1, 2011, I found a job teaching English to a church in South Korea.
She was going to pay for my plane ticket and housing if I came there, but I convinced her to just pay me more per hour and have me teach online.
It worked, but it was only 4 hours per week.
It wasn’t enough to live off of, the hours where in the middle of the night, but it was a step in the right direction.
I ended up moving to Costa Rica to bring the living expenses down, continue teaching to Korea and continue to search for more jobs online.
I found some local people in Costa Rica to teach private English lessons to online and by the end of the 3 months, I found my full-time job teaching English and monitoring to Central and South America with a huge online English company.
I’ve had that job ever since!
I’ve worked 100% remotely and traveled the world for the last 7 years now.
I want to up my game, and work in the web development and data science industry and continue my freedom to stay in one spot or go see another part of the world.
I got a full scholarship for front-end web development (paid for by google) and in the running for a full scholarship in data science as I’m taking a 3-month challenge course, both courses are from Udacity.”
Looking for freelancing or full-time remote or travel job opportunities?
How do you envision your future after the completion of Udacity program?
“No matter what I will continue to work online!
I also have ideas for the internet that I want to work on right away after graduating from the nanodegree to develop a Korean language learning app.
In the meantime, if a job offer comes to me, I will definitely see what it entails.”
We are so excited for you Katherine, but before we go… What are some cool things about you that we may not find on your resume?
“As a side job, I’m a certified BlackJack and Poker Dealer.
I taught myself Spanish while living in Costa Rica and keep up my Spanish as an English teacher to Central and South America.
I’ve been teaching myself Korean since I was 19 and hence, want to create a Korean learning app and for fun and I’ve been a social dancer for 16+ years such as Tango, Salsa, Blues, Lindy Hop etc.
I pick up dances extremely fast and now know over 15+ dances..including dances most people haven’t heard of.”
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