Career Changers: From Technical Engineer to Full-Time Digital Nomad

Meet Raffael Skalnik, who’s driven to forge a career path that will make a positive impact.

Meet Raffael Skalnik, who’s driven to forge a career path that will make a positive impact.

Want to carve out a new role for yourself that doesn’t exist today? Find how some of our Africa tribe members have upgraded their professional lives since graduation.

What were you doing before The Nomad MBA?

I studied to become an engineer in construction and machine-building, a field that I’m still very interested in but one where I realised has little humanity. From there, I completed a course to become a self-employed personal trainer and health coach, which is when I discovered my passion for helping people reach their goals. However, at the same time my self-esteem was low and I thought I needed a career with more structure, which led me to go back to engineering as a service technician.

Main reason for joining The Nomad MBA?

When I went back to engineering, I felt extremely unfulfilled. This led me to read a lot of books around the themes of personal growth, psychology and communications, which got me questioning what I was doing and how much I wanted to do something meaningful again.

Before I came across The Nomad MBA, I applied for two university programs in Austria - one in psychical therapy and the other in entrepreneurship. Then I discovered The Nomad MBA and I applied right away. Just by reading the experiences from the first Southeast Asia tribe made me feel as if someone was finally understanding how I felt in my situation.

Biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome?

To not let my self-doubt hold me back, and to listen to myself again. I now have so much more conviction and confidence to go after what I want.

What career goal have you set for yourself?

My vision is to start a coaching platform in the future that will bring together health coaches to reach a wider community. Since graduating last December, I’ve been working my ass off to get more experience and approach companies that I’m passionate about.

And it’s paid off! I’ve been offered a full-time remote role to join the Marketing team for an online health & fitness education platform called Online Trainer Lizenz. Since being a personal trainer, I’ve always been passionate about this industry so I’m excited to learn and make a positive impact through what I do, all while having the freedom to work remotely!

A “remarkable career” is ______________?

Being able to change one person’s life in a positive way.


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