I got a new job! I have actually been working for about one month now, but it took some time to communicate it because I have been quite busy since I started.
As some of you might know, my first job as newly graduated was in LEGO IT as consultant in the Vendor Management department. Sharepoint, SAP, IT Infrastructure, compliance, invoices, IT projects, external partners, outsourcing and such words were part of my daily vocabulary.
STARTING FROM ZERO IN A NEW COUNTRY
When I moved to Chile I new I had to put my fancy University titles somewhere else and be very humble about whatever job opportunity I could get in the little remote city, Puerto Natales. So I was happy when I got a job as sales person in a small outdoor shop. It was a great opportunity for me to get to know the tourism as a business, get to know the culture, the locals and not least – the Chilean Spanish which is damn hard to understand! You might think its a bit weird to study 5 years at the University to take an unskilled job. But when you don’t know the language, the culture and the business, you cannot expect to go in and do what you did in your own country. Furthermore its a small city, there are no big companies and IT here is just another… practice..
After 4 months when things became easy I most admit I started to feel a bit uninspired. It was a little shop and sometimes nothing was happening for hours. So I started looking for something else and I decided to do what I did back then in Denmark. Back then I closed the door to see what happened; I quit my job in LEGO and decided to find myself, travel a bit and figure out what I wanted to do with my life. No strings attached. No safety. No job. I had so much success with doing this the last time so I thought to myself let´s do it again and see whats happening!. So I quit my job before I found a new one. And lucky bastard I am, it went even better then I could have imagined. Because to be honest – the first two weeks I only found jobs as receptionist or waiter. I kind of settled with this because its hard to find jobs within my profession. Unless you are a guide these are the main options here in Puerto Natales.
SHEEP FARMING AT A RANCH
I am now working as Marketing and Sales Manager for one of the most beautiful ranches in Patagonia, Estancia La Peninsula. Its a tourist destination where the main activity we have is a full day tour where people can do different activities like horseback riding, bird watching or a four-wheel jeep tour. Furthermore there is a sheepdog demonstration, the shearing of a sheep and a traditional Patagonian lamb barbecue for lunch. Its a ranch with a great mission: it wants to be as sustainable and animal friendly as possible. A recent investigation concluded that it is a carbon-negative place and the vision is to be a zero-waste place in 3 years as well. It has a lot of great ideas, projects and visions and this is something I am going to communicate on top of promoting the place for potential visitors and hotels/agencies.
I had a lot of studies to do in the beginning. I had to learn about sheep farming, the breed of both the sheep and the sheepdogs and learn a lot of technical or at least new words in both English and Spanish. It was a whole new world for me! But even though sheep farming sounds not-so-sexy I most admit I found it more interesting than trying to understand the terms of SAP.. Damn.. IT can be so unsexy and boring!
So this is my current job situation. I am still in a process of learning about the whole business and sheep farming, but also preparing for season 2017-2018 when it starts in September again. Its a big challenge, I have a lot of things to do, but I am so happy with my job that it feels like pleasure. And this is how I went from LEGO IT to Sheep farming 🙂