5 careers for people who don’t want a typical 9-5 desk job

By Zoe Taylor

A lot of people are happiest when they’re sitting at a desk from 9-5. It’s easy to find a job you love in an office environment, and they are often perfect for people who like a challenge.

However, some people can’t stand the idea of being inside on a full time basis, and prefer to be somewhere new, doing something different almost every single day. So we’ve compiled a list of jobs that involve going to different locations and having different tasks and responsibilities that may appeal to those who don’t want an everyday 9-5 desk job.

Event Manager
As an events manager is responsible for managing events and ensuring related deadlines and budgets are met. They direct the coordination of activities to prepare for the day of the event. While there may be times where you need to sit at your computer, the majority of the time you’d be out at the location of the event or meeting with clients or your team. To get into a career as an Event Manager, the best course to study would be the Diploma of Events. Variations of this role include Event Coordinator, Event Planner, Exhibitions Coordinator or Venue Coordinator.

Graphic Designer
While this may be a desk job at times, you’re not just staring at a computer all day. You’re working in a visual art diary, in programs like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. You get to be creative and innovative every single day. You’ll meet with clients and your team to discuss projects and present your work to them, and even have the opportunity to step outside the office to research and find inspiration. To get into a career as a graphic designer, the best course to study would be the Diploma of Graphic Design. Variations of the role include Brand and Identity Designer, Illustration and Concept Artist, Packaging Designer, Corporate Designer and Advertising Designer.


HR Consultant
An HR consultant usually works for a recruitment agency helping employers find suitable staff and job seekers find suitable jobs. You’d build relationships with employers and job seekers by meeting with them and interviewing them, finding out what they are looking for and finding the best fit. This is a great job for people who love interacting with and helping other people. A Diploma of HR Management is ideal for a role like this. Variations on the role include Human Resources Adviser and Human Resources and Change Manager.

Project Manager
A project manager’s responsibility lies in the initiation, planning, design, execution, monitoring, controlling and closure of a project. A project manager could work in a variety of industries, including construction, architecture, information technology and other product and service industries. This is perfect for people who love working in teams and being a leader, because you’d have your own team to manage and work with towards your main goals. While you might be at a desk some of the time, most of the time you’d be meeting with your team or clients, inspecting sites on which projects are based, and so on. A Diploma of Project Management will help get you on the path to such a career. Variations on the role include Project Leader, Project Team Leader and Project Contract Manager.

Computer Technician
Do you love computers, and are you super-savvy when it comes to them? As a computer technician your main responsibilities would be installing hardware and software systems, setting up computer security measures or configuring computer networks for various companies, or offering technical support on-site or via phone or email in the areas of maintaining or repairing equipment and troubleshooting a variety of computer issues. A Diploma of I.T. would help you here, and variations on the role include IT Customer Support, Help Desk, Network Support Technician, ICT Sales Representative and PC Support.

If you’re interested in any of these careers and courses, get in touch with us by calling 1800 143 080 or visiting www2.collegesonline.com.au/mycareer to contact one of our friendly career advisors!

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