Someday you’ll hit that glorious moment of retirement, where the old IT service desk becomes a thing of the past and your dreams of a second career are a reality. You might have a rare hobby that you didn’t knew could transcend into a paid position, but we’re here to help you recognize your potential. Here are 10 career opportunities to take your uniqueness into the glory days of “retirement”.
Cat behavior consultants meet with cat owners and their misbehaving furballs and decide what the owners need to do to make Fluffy happier and better adjusted. The upside of this job is that no one can argue that you’re wrong.
2. Professional Train Pusher
As it turns out, trains sometimes need to be gently pushed — by hand — into position. Asian subways are currently hiring if you’re interested. Underground, working with 10 million tons of steel, what could possibly go wrong? Extra core exercises are required for this one.
Breweries need people to test their products for quality purposes. Yes, this is a real job. No, we’re not sure if it comes with a designated driver. Where do we sign up?
4. Antenna Installer
How would you like to climb to the top of the highest skyscrapers in your home city and put up antennas? It’s free therapy for that acrophobia you’ve been nursing.
5. Statue Cleaner
If everyone in town already has an antenna in place, how about offering to climb up there and clean their statues? Statues always need cleaning. Birds love those things, you know.
Some of the dearly departed funerals can be horrifyingly empty. The families hire professional mourners to pretend to grieve and cry. Break out those acting chops from high school drama class.
7. Smell Tester
Somebody has to make sure things smell good. For instance, does the deodorant really make a body smell good, even after three hours at the gym? Sniff it and see.
8. Fish Scale Remover
People like to eat fish. They don’t like to eat scales. Fishermen and fishing docks hire folks to remove fish scales all day. Bonus: you won’t need cat behavior consultant because your cat will finally adore you.
The anti-venom for snake poison is derived from the actual venom milked out of snakes’ mouths. Some lucky folks get the job of milking the venom glands to harvest the venom and make anti-venom. Interested?
10. Pet Food Taster
It is imperative that Fido’s meals taste scrumptious. After all, the commercials promise that it does, and advertisers are bound to be truthful (stop laughing). Want to taste it to be sure it’s good enough for the pooches?
Now, you can take that call asking how to make the printer stop beeping with your future career in mind. And, after reading a few of these, the IT service desk might not sound so bad after all.
About Danielle Livy
Danielle is the Senior Director, Marketing at Samanage. She has wide-ranging experience in content production, social media marketing, public relations, and brand messaging. Her happy place is sitting by the lake with a cold beverage in hand, with the occasional water ski session.
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