Many people who read this blog are continually looking for new ways to side hustle or supplement income. We all know that multiple income streams are what save you during the lean times and allow you to build wealth when all cylinders are firing. Even though I am not actively looking for more work or a job change at the moment, opportunities seem to be searching for, and I recently found one that I couldn’t refuse. I’ve accepted a temp job in Alaska!
A Professional Regret
When I was doing my residency on the Navajo reservation back in 2000, I had an opportunity to be a travel doc in Alaska. The pay was exceptional. Case work would have been rewarding, and I could have seen lots of places most of us in the lower 48 never get to see. Ultimately, I chickened out because flying on a bush plane to the Arctic Circle was a bit much at the time. However, I’ve always wondered what that experience would have been like and vowed that I would accept if the opportunity every presented itself again.
As a private practice owner, there was never a time when I could have taken time off to work somewhere else. Even if I could find professional coverage for patients, running the office required my presence or at least constant contact. Now that I’ve shed the weight of business ownership, I have the flexibility to consider new challenges.
I now work part time as a government employee, and although that position will soon be ending, it has opened the door for other types of government work. When I got an email a few months ago that a clinic in Sitka was looking for temporary help, I sent an immediate yes reply. Being the government, we’ve had lots of back and forth and delay, but I found out this week that I’m all set to go to Alaska in mid October.
I love working with the Indian Health Service. Being in this type of clinic setting is right up my alley. The other amazingly cool thing about this opportunity is that I get a free trip to Alaska plus excellent salary for a week of work that I’d probably do even if I didn’t get paid.
Sitka will be nice because it isn’t in the Arctic Circle. You can only get there by air or sea, but they do have service from Alaska Airlines. Thankfully, I won’t have to use a bush plane! From what I understand, the climate is much like Seattle but cooler, so I can expect rain instead of snow. I don’t know how much time I will have for sightseeing, but hopefully this can turn into an ongoing opportunity. Maybe I can take my family if it works out that I can go back in the summer.
Even though this post is not really about personal finance, I hope everyone reading is working toward putting themselves in position to jump when amazing opportunities come their way. I would have never been able to leave my steady job to do this when we were in debt. Even though the temp job pays well, I could not have risked rocking the boat on my solid paycheck. I don’t think my working a temp job in Alaska is going to jeopardize any of the positions I now have at home, but even if it did, I could still afford to take the fun opportunity and let the rest work itself out.
What amazing things have come your way lately? How much pay would it take to get you to the Arctic Circle?