I'm Peter, a 22 year-old currently based in Edinburgh. I've been out of university for about six months, and worked a couple of remote jobs while I was there to pay the bills - and because it's a very viable approach in my field.
I work on industrial software for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) that serves to coordinate and acquire data from a range of industrial devices. This is done with a wide range of protocols, meaning the data can be organised in lots of ways; we essentially work to simplify that data for people to utilise in industry, so that they can give high-level commands and see a real effect in the systems at play.
I work for IoTech, a medium-sized company that has offices in both the UK and Taiwan. I'm currently hybrid-working with a couple of days in the office each week, but the company are flexible on days spent working from home - it's part of why the company appealed to me when I applied for the job.
I took on a remote, part-time job with a Manchester-based company after my first year of university. I did spend a few weeks in Manchester in the office, but this obviously wasn't viable once I returned to university. They very kindly offered to let me keep working on my own terms, and I kept the job for a couple of years while balancing it with studies.
More flexibility with your time and workflows is the major one. My attitude has always been that so long as the work is getting done to a professional standard and you're suitably communicative with colleagues and clients, there's not much reason that remote work shouldn't be utilised. I'm certainly happier when I have more control over my day, and feel I should strive to meet expectations if the company has trusted me to work on my own terms.
There is less passive interaction, i.e. 'water-cooler chat', but this is something that can be accounted for by socialising with the new-found time given by remote working in many cases. The only other thing is that there's an argument to be made for is less creative crossover, but I think technology provides lots of opportunities for that if your workforce is collaborative and invested in the work anyway, so long as the company encourages rather than quashes people reaching out to their peers with new ideas.
Only Scotland (Glasgow and Edinburgh), but it afforded me the opportunity to work for that Manchester-based company throughout university, which isn't something that would have been viable otherwise.
Home usually, as I find it helps me to focus. Having home comforts to hand throughout the day is also useful though, and usually helps me to save a fair bit money-wise, since there's no coffee shop visits during the day!
Anywhere, really - I'd love to live in Italy though, and remote working definitely makes that more possible than it would have been otherwise.
The biggest challenge was probably time management, but I think it was a valuable one to learn in any case. It definitely served me well for the rest of my degree, and beyond! In having to balance and consider how much work I had time for, I was forced to accurately scope my own capabilities to the task. It's of course tempting to overestimate how much time you'll have when it's largely up-to-you (which I did initially), but learning where that boundary lay really forced me to reflect on my own efforts and evaluate them realistically.
Extensions like Blocksite on Chrome help massively to prevent procrastination through the day. Also Slack and other similar apps, for staying in touch with colleagues in a relatively informal environment - most of our teams are fairly tech-savvy of course, so messenger-style applications are ideal for our purposes and allow for snappy and easy coordination of tasks.
I don't particularly at the moment since I'm not working freelance, that's largely up to my employers.
Try it! You might find that it doesn't fit entirely to your style of working, but chances are that you'll see at least a few benefits which will help you evaluate how you spend your time. Losing the commute was the major one for me, since I felt I had far more time in the day to put my focus towards sonething productive, work-related or not.
Not really a story, but I would like to reiterate that I held down a couple of those jobs throughout university and both were extremely valuable experiences. I found that I worked harder and more happily with the employer's trust that I could get it done on my own terms location-wise. They helped build my skills significantly and I just couldn't have done them alongside university if it had been in-office work for the whole period. I'd highly recommend giving it a shot if you're in a similar position, or if any of that sounded appealing to you.
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