World’s coolest jobs

January 11, 2019 09:52 AM The Week Bureau


There are thousands of memes about Monday being the worst day of the week (for us Nepalis, it’s Sunday), because the weekend is over and most of us have to go to work, back to our not-so-satisfying, boring jobs. But what if on Monday you were scheduled to watch a movie, eat at a restaurant, or maybe just sleep?

Here is a list of five of the world’s coolest jobs. We bet you would love to take up one. We definitely would. 

Professional sleeper
Yes, this is an actual job. And it’s probably the only job where sleeping is actually encouraged. A professional sleeper is a person who sleeps on their job, working as a mattress tester, a luxury bed tester and, also, for scientific experiments. Of course, this is a followed by ‘actual’ work like writing an elaborate description of your experience as well as rating the comfort factor and also giving suggestions. But this should be a breeze, after a long and comfortable nap. To get this job, one has to be aware of vacancies in luxury bed companies as well as openings on experiments conducted by research universities. You also need a good command of language to write a proper review alongside good writing skills.

Movie critic
Getting paid to watch movies and also getting paid to give your opinion on it sounds like a dream job. And the fact that people actually want your opinion about films feels good. But it’s not all fun and games when it comes to being a movie critic. You need, at least, a bachelor’s degree in journalism or communication studies. There are only a few things as painful as watching an awful, botched up, stale movie at a theater, that too after paying a good amount of money for the tickets. This is where critics come in handy – by reading the reviews written by them we can decide whether or not it’s worth watching a movie. To get started, one can open a blog or get in touch with newspapers and magazines that publish such reviews.

Travel blogger
All the other jobs on this list sound great but most of us have a soft spot for travel. Also, with all the other jobs, you may not be able to take a break and travel somewhere nice and adventurous. But what if you could get paid to travel?  As a travel blogger, this is exactly what a person gets to do. Essentially, big travel companies pay you to go on their tours and share the journey on your blog or social media. If you manage to get enough following, you might even be able to cash that in. Even on the lower end of the scale, you will comfortably be able to fund your traveler’s lifestyle. Moreover, you can also charge a travel fee to companies that send you on the road. This fee might be less but it’s more than enough for some nice pasta in Rome. For all this, you need good writing skills, good community skills and the ability to handle jet lag.

Freelance food blogger
We would be lying if we said we haven’t envied the lives of food bloggers like “Nepalfood”, as their job is to eat and write about the experience. People who do jobs like this are called social media influencers, and due to the popularity of social media sites, their importance and popularity is growing day by day. Imagine being invited to a restaurant to get their food, snap a few pictures, and indulge in the dish presented. Food bloggers also earn money by endorsing products, advertisements, business deals etc. You can start by creating an account on social media or open a blog, and start uploading photos and reviewing the food. It’s important that you keep your content fresh by keeping the food as diverse as possible. After gaining a following, it will only be a matter of time before restaurants will ask you to review their food and business houses to endorse their products.

Private island caretaker
Much like in ‘The Shining’ where Jack Nicholson’s character ‘Jack Torrance’ comes with his family to take care of a hotel high up in the mountains, this job too requires you to take care of exotic islands, hotels, and houses when it’s off-season or when the owners are away. But not to worry, nothing insidious is going to happen to you like it did with poor Jack. If you love the sun, the sea, or nature in general, this can be your dream job. You need to know basic maintenance skills like plumbing, carpeting, or gardening for occasional repairs but other than that, your job is to enjoy the fresh breeze, bask in the sun and go for an occasional swim. Ben Southall, now 37, from Petersfield, Hampshire, beat nearly 35,000 applicants for the dream position of Caretaker of the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef. And now, he is known as the man with the ‘best job in the world’.


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