For episode 24, I talk with global career coach Nicolle Merrill about the twists and turns of her many international work and travel experiences. A self-proclaimed professional job hopper, she talks about how the stigma around fluid careers is disappearing as the way we work changes.

Her non-traditional career path has included work as a private jet travel writer, a study abroad advisor, a global career coach, and an AI chatbot designer. She then founded Future Skills, a company that smashes traditional career advice and show people how to build adventurous careers. Nicolle teaches digital nomads how to get remote jobs, work in foreign countries, and upskill for the jobs of the future.

It’s a fun conversation, with great insights, tips and lots of laughter. And I have to say, I’m glad to know I’m not the only one with  “shiny object syndrome.”

What You’ll Learn

  • The power of networking
  • Pursuing a graduate degree as a way to live abroad
  • How lifetime careers can be challenging for travelers (those of us with shiny object syndrome)
  • How being flexible with career can help you travel more
  • How she ended up career coaching international students at Yale
  • Why the way we work is changing, with fluid careers on the rise
  • Why travelers might be especially ready for the future of work
  • How putting yourself out leads to more opportunities
  • The importance of allowing for imperfection
  • How she is smashing the traditional career narrative
  • What her work as a global career coach entails
  • Global start up hubs as options for living and working abroad
  • Why Americans are sometimes at a disadvantage when working abroad
  • A few great awkward travel stories


Future Skills
The Global Me School
Global Me School Online Courses
Twitter: @pdxnicolle

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