It’s too easy these days to get stuck into the daily, monotonous routine of your 9-5 job, and the consequences of doing so often leave you uninspired, demotivated and rather unhappy.
So why not instead pursue a career that you love?
I know what you’re all thinking. Surely this could never be possible – finding a job that you actually enjoy doing?
Well, believe it or not, making this a reality is a lot easier than you think.
As important as it is to find a job that helps bring in the bacon, it’s also necessary to try and find jobs that we can actually enjoy. Sooner or later, doing something that’s just not you is going to affect your performance and satisfaction.
So, if you are looking to pack in your current job and swap it for something completely new, exciting and rewarding, then here are a few ideas that will guarantee to prevent that Monday morning dread:
Become a Teacher
Being a teacher is one of the most fulfilling, rewarding and exciting jobs around. Teaching allows you take your knowledge and use it to educate future generations to come.
“But, surely it’s too late to become a teacher?” There is usually the preconception that with all the training, qualifications and experience needed, it would take forever to get into teaching. Well, it’s time to rethink your original thoughts; it is never too late to teach.
In fact, if you once studied at university, you can use these qualifications and skills to build on a career in education. You will need to enroll in a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) but a PGCE is usually a one-year full-time or two years part-time course. The certificate focuses on developing your skills, knowledge, understanding and attributes required to teach in a classroom.
To become a teacher, often the only core qualifications needed is a minimum grade C at GCSE (or the equivalent) in Maths and English. If you’d also like to apply to teach at a primary school, then it’s vital that you have the same level grade in science too.
Once you’ve qualified in your PGCE, you can go about applying for a variety of teaching jobs – so your new and exciting job is well within your grasp and closer than you ever could have imagined.
Become a Tester
Now, on first thoughts, I’m sure many of you will think this suggestion is completely mad, but hear me out. Product testing is a real job and your career could be completely transformed if you become one.
In fact, many of the companies that produce our favourite products are always on the lookout for professional testers to assess and provide feedback on the very products that end up on our shelves.
Ever wonder how they decide how much caramel goes into the chocolate bar? Or who decides whether or not that new perfume smells nice? What about who is testing out the latest console game before they are released to the rest of the public?
Well, that very person could be you. You could swap your desk job for a professional tasting job. Sounds pretty cool, right?
To become a product tester, it’s usually advisable to contact a company’s marketing division to see if they’re interested in getting someone like you in to test their latest products. Many local and national jobs boards will also advertise the latest positions, so keep an eye out for postings!
Become a Film/TV Extra
Similarly to becoming a professional product tester, becoming a TV or film extra is another great and unusual career. It is fun and allows you to earn great money!
Often the only qualification you need is to be an individual who has bags of energy and enthusiasm. It helps to enjoy being part of a crowd. By becoming an extra, you are guaranteed to never have a ‘usual’ day ever again. Instead you will travel to plethora of different sets, locations and studios day after day.
Many TV and film extras get paid by the day and there are plenty of perks such as paid meals, breaks and expenses!
This article was written by Matt Rawlings, an experienced careers writer. Matt specialises in providing jobs advice for individuals.