What would be your perfect job? Actors, musicians and artists are often heard saying they have the best jobs in world, getting paid to do something they love or for pretending to be someone else. Or there are the glamorous and highly paid roles we covet like astronaut, football player and model. You do require skills, natural gifts and in many cases quite a lot of training, but we tend to overlook those bits. The trouble is you won’t find too many of these kinds of perfect jobs through recruitment agencies.
Or will you? The other kind of dream job is the non-job. A job where you are doing things that are not really considered work because they are fun or delicious or lazy. In the last few years a range of weird, wacky and wonderful roles have been advertised in the job pages or promoted through competitions.
Testing or creating your favourite things seem to be the main thrust of the following dream jobs. Some of them pay well, some are part time and some just for a short time only. We should work to live, not live to work, but some of these could convince you of the opposite. Love your work.
10. Bikini photo shoot reflector holder
Yep, it’s a job. Insurance salesman Steve aka ‘reflector guy’ has the tricky and scientifc role of holding the reflector during photo shoots for bikini.com
9. Island caretaker
Ever since Ben Southall won the world’s dream job of island caretaker in Queensland, the jobs are popping up thick and fast. In 2010, the post for warden on remote Skomer Island off Wales offered puffins and rabbits galore, but no resort life. And it is not always peaceful, apart from a few visitors by day in Spring and Summer, every night there’s hundreds of thousands of wild birds to contend with. Now another job is available near the Falklands.
Just popping out for milk
8. Bed warmer
Love the feel of crisp cold sheets against your skin? Then bed warmer might the job for you, except no bare skin allowed. Instead of electric blankets on the bed at Holiday Inn, you can dress in one and pop into beds for five minutes and warm them up.
Hmm, three’s a crowd.
7. Director of sleep
In the same field, Travelodge ‘the retailers of sleep’ employs a chap to sleep in their hotels and check that conditions are perfectly conducive to a good night’s rest. And he gets £60k to sleep on the job.
Lying down on the job is mandatory.
6. Social media strategist
Do you spend all day playing on the internet, fiddling with facebook, tweeting on twitter and circling people on google + when you should be working? Then perhaps you might enjoy a virtual career as a strategist for new media. – <joke of course>
5. Condom tester
Various companies in various countries (Australia, France and UK to name a few) have put out a call for condom testers and invariably been inundated by volunteers. You get the product but finding partners is up to you. They are not pimps you know.
Work your own hours or minutes
4. Waterslide tester
Slip and slide in this job for First Choice holiday company. It’s very scientific – checking splashes really, but also height, speed and landing as well as safety.
Make a splash in your role
3. Movie critic
Love watching movies? Love big parties and mixing with film stars? Imagine getting paid to watch movies, then interview the cast and director and hang out at uber cool festivals like Cannes and Sundance.
2. Medical marijuana tester
California here we come. You do need to be able to buy it legally so you will need some kind of painful illness, I’m afraid. But then you always need some kind of prerequisite for a role.
High flying career
1. Chocolate tester
The ultimate tester role has to be for chocoholics everywhere. Pick your favourite brand, no doubt they need a food scientist or chocivore like you.
Death by chocolate
Bio: Guest blogger Midge loves writing blogs for a job, but is looking to change careers to chocolate tester quite soon, feeling quite qualified and confident she could do it well.