California Company Wants to Pay You $100,000 to Quit Your Job and Follow Your Dreams

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Have you ever thought about quitting your job and pursing what you truly love? If so, what would that dream job be? Maybe you want to start an animal sanctuary, or build a house shaped like a beagle, or open a store for left-handed people. Is it money that’s holding you back? prAna, a California-based sustainable clothing company that sells apparel containing recycled content, hemp, and organic fibers, wants to give one lucky dreamer $100,000 to quit their job and make a leap into the unknown.

“The goal of this promotion is to spread our ‘Clothing for Positive Change’ philosophy,” Jeff Haack, prAna’s vice president of global marketing, said in a press release. “By asking the question, ‘How can prAna help you affect positive change in your life?,’ we are giving our audience a means to share their stories about what positive change looks like for them.”

To enter the promotion, rules state applicants must be at least 21 years old. While you shouldn't quit your job just because you entered, whoever wins the contest will be asked to quit their current job and pursue their dream job—and to generate updates along the way.

Applicants should submit a video that’s between 30 and 180 seconds long and describe their current gig and what their dream job would entail. Originality is key, so prAna encourages entrants to show their “passion in action.” For instance, an aspiring filmmaker could share a sample of their work while a pastry chef might want to show off some dishes they’ve made.

A panel of judges will review the videos and judge them on the quality of submission, originality, boldness, personality, and passion/enthusiasm. Applicants have between now and September 16, 2019 to submit, and prAna will announce the winner around October 17.

If $100,000 seems like a lot of money to win at once, there's a caveat: the money will be doled out in four quarterly installments over a year. The winner can expect the first installment in November 2019 and the last installment in November 2020. If you've ever wanted to transform your daydreams into reality, here's your chance. Click here for the full list of rules, and to enter.

Netflix Is Hiring ‘Nerds’ in Los Angeles and Paris

Netflix's headquarters in Los Angeles.
Netflix's headquarters in Los Angeles.
Netflix

The word nerd might have started out as a mean-spirited schoolyard insult aimed at smart kids, but it has since turned into a term that self-proclaimed nerds wear like a badge of honor. Netflix has taken it one step further by using nerd as an actual job title—and they're currently looking for some in both Los Angeles and Paris.

The Nerds at Netflix are the IT team, so book nerds might want to sit this one out. According to the website, the streaming giant is looking for “smart, motivated” individuals to “provide exceptional technology support to [its] employee base.”

In other words, you’d essentially be responsible for troubleshooting technical problems for staff members. A degree in computer science isn't required, but you will need experience on a technical support team and an in-depth knowledge of Mac and Chrome operating systems, cloud-based services, Windows, Google Apps, and a host of other programs.

A day in the life of a Netflix Nerd could include resetting a few passwords, issuing a company-owned cell phone to a new employee, setting up a video conference, fixing a finicky printer or two, or keeping a careful log of all your resolved requests.

And, since the job is customer service-based, the listing also mentions that applicants should have “patience” and “excellent interpersonal and communication skills.”

The three positions are similar in nature, with a couple key differences. The Paris-based Nerd will live in Paris, of course, and must be fluent in both French and English. The other two positions are both in Los Angeles, but one is for the “Core Support” team that services the entire business, and the other specifically provides support to Los Angeles employees.

Nerd hopefuls can apply here.

Dream Job Alert: Irish Island Is Hiring a Couple to Run Its Local Café

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Resolving to spend more time unplugged isn't easy in 2020, but if you'd like to replace the gaming, binge-watching, and social media in your life with silence, nature, and solitude, consider moving to Ireland. As The Guardian reports, Great Blasket Island, off the country's west coast, has a job opening for two caretakers to manage a café and accommodations that are straight out of the 19th century.

The position comes with free food, lodging, and an undisclosed salary. Duties include maintaining three cottages and serving tea, coffee, and snacks to up to 21 guests. Such luxuries as Wi-Fi, hot showers, and electrical lighting are missing from the island. Instead, caretakers will depend on candles for light and stoves to boil water.

Great Blasket isn't completely off the grid. A small wind turbine there produces enough power to charge a smart phone, but with the spectacular views of the 1100-acre island and the Atlantic coast, you may not want to return to a life of nonstop scrolling.

Whether you apply for the job with a romantic partner or a close friend, it's important that the two caretakers get along well. Alice Hayes, the person behind the job listing, also stated that they should be friendly, talkative, and in good shape.

The gig starts on April 1 and runs through October 1 of this year. If you're interested in leaving the modern world behind for a few months, you can contact Alice Hayes for more information at info@greatblasketisland.net.

[h/t The Guardian]

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