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15 Weird Jobs Around the World That You Have Never Heard Of

15 Weird Jobs Around the World That You Have Never Heard Of

Mike Rowe does some dirty jobs and exposes us to people who do work that we don’t always think about. There are plenty of career options in the world: banker, teacher, salesperson, policeman, firefighter, astronaut, and so many more that fall outside of the realm of commonly known positions. I’m sure you knew when you were 6 that you’d be a train conductor or a pianist someday. There are so many different paths a person can take in life. And, while many of us end up in desk jobs and sometimes dream about throwing out our blazers and moving to another country, most of us don’t.

If you want to do something different, maybe something that’s a little weird, and see other parts of the world, I’ve got some career options for you! Many of these would be perfect for a gap year or seasonal work, as well!

1. Panda Cuddler

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    The Giant Panda Protection and Research Center in China’s Sichuan province employs Panda Cub Caretakers, also known as Panda Nannies. Applicants need to have a basic knowledge of pandas, be able to live in China, and need to have good writing and photography skills to post about their experiences. Panda Nannies at this location make about $32,500 and they also get a car while there, along with their room and board.

    2. Position-in-Line Holder

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      In Poland, at least one enterprising man is making a living by waiting in line for you! The hospital system in Poland has huge lines, and Tadeusz Zak takes a fee and will stand in line for you and call you right before it’s your turn. This sounds like an easy one, but Tadeusz said that the longest he’s waited in line was 40 hours!

      3. Water Slide Tester

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        Tommy Lynch has traveled over 27,000 miles in one year for his job: testing holiday resort water slides! Tommy works for holiday giant First Choice, where he checks the height, speed, water quantity, and landing of the flumes, as well as all safety aspects in their resorts all over the world. His actual job title is Lifestyle Product Development Manager, and Tommy was recruited to identify the very best pools to be featured in First Choice’s new-at-the-time Splash Resort collection. He also ensures potential new resorts are up to the company’s standards. Now this sounds like a great way to go to work!

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        4. Google Maps Trekker

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          Want to hike and walk in places all over the world that cars can’t easily access? Placess like Hawaii, the Grand Canyon, jungles, and more? Want to hike those places while wearing a giant camera on your back? Perfect! Google hires Google Map Trekkers to do just that! For an in-shape world traveler, this could be the perfect job for you. It lets you be outdoors, see amazing sites, and help in mapping the world for people to explore from the comfort of home. This is the job of a lifetime for outdoor adventurers, hikers, and explorers.

          5. Music Festival Staff

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            Have you ever thought about who works at those huge music festivals you hear about all the time? Are those people all volunteers? What do they do exactly? Now is the time to find out. There are music festivals all around the world, drawing in huge crowds of international performers and concertgoers. These festivals need people to work to support them in a multitude of ways. Event organizers like Summer Festival Guide are always looking for photographers, writers, and the like to attend their events free of charge in exchange for the publicity. And if you’re not qualified for those positions just yet, you can start out by volunteering at some music festivals closer to you to gain some relevant experience.

            6. Luxury Bed Tester

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              A student from Birmingham City University was selected to test out luxury beds every day for a month and get paid $1600 for it! Roisin Madigan, then 22, was helping with a sleep survey carried out by luxury bed specialists Simon Horn Ltd., which sells luxury Savoir Beds, originally made for the Savoy Hotel. So, while positions like this may certainly be hard to come by, they definitely do exist!

              7. Cruise Ship Staff

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                While not a “weird” job really, being a cruise ship employee is not a job most people think of when first starting a career. However, you can work on large cruises, like Carnival and Norwegian cruise lines, or smaller ships. You can work on boats that go to the Caribbean, the Antarctic, Alaska, Canada, the Mediterranean, and more! If you love boats, being on the ocean, and are great at customer service, a cruise ship staff position could be a great fit for you. Cruise ships are often looking for seasonal staff to be waiters, stewards, babysitters, work in guest services, and more. Not every job on a ship requires previous experience, like Steward roles. Check out this site for listings of cruise jobs and more information!

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                8. Global Mobility Specialist

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                  Global Mobility Specialists work with employees around the world who are transferred to another location for work. They coordinate aspects of international assignments, including connecting them with movers, helping them locate housing, helping apply for Visas, and providing cultural training. According to Amy Meichner, Senior Vice President of Global HR at Cartus, a provider of global relocation and workforce development solutions, “We look for people with a global passion and great service skills. It’s a very high-touch human role requiring good communication skills.” Those new to the field often come from service-related industries and are attracted to traveling the world while helping people.

                  Check out what Natascha Clark says about her job as a GMS. She’s been doing it 16 years and discusses details about what she does and qualifications for the role. Perhaps you’ve just found your calling.

                  9. Casino or Club Host

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                    In casinos and clubs around the world, employees called hosts wine and dine high rollers and VIPs, deliver services, and basically fulfill the VIPs needs while they are at the establishment. They generally have the authority to offer complimentary services, like free food and drinks, and are trying to build and maintain a great relationship between the casino/club and the patron. If you love casinos or clubs, have great customer service skills, and enjoy being active and social, this could be a great job for you!

                    10. Brewmaster

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                      Garrett Oliver, Brewmaster and Vice President of Brooklyn Brewery, one of the country’s top 40 breweries, says a Brewmaster is essentially “the chef of the brewery and he maintains complete responsibility for beer production, from concept through finished product, along with running the brewhouse and ensuring quality control.”

                      It’s not all about the beer, though, brewmasters need to know organic chemistry, yeast biology, recipe design, flavor, and aroma evaluation. This means a true love of the craft, not simply a fondness for the beverage.

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                      “They come from all walks of life and each has a different path to the job. Most craft brewers are like chefs and start at an amateur level; internships are invaluable.”

                      11. Professional Healthcare Traveler

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                        Whatever your healthcare specialty might be, you could be taking travel assignments. According to PanTravelers.org, “To be a happy and successful traveler, you must have a sense of adventure, a willingness to adapt and not mind being the perpetual new kid on the block. Travelers must be able to adapt to new situations quickly. They must be able to walk into a new hospital and feel comfortable in their environment within a very short period. Travelers need to be able to socialize easily with strangers, since everyone will be a stranger at first.”

                        Hospitals hire travelers because they have some serious staffing problems and need someone who can perform their jobs extremely well, so travelers are expected to be very knowledgeable in their field and can expect little to no orientation in some very new environments. If you have the right personality and prepare yourself well, you will find that being a traveling healthcare professional is a fun and rewarding experience!

                        12. Aircraft Repossession Person

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                          If people and corporations can’t make payments on their airplanes, a repo man (or woman!) has to go out and get it! Airplane repo men have a dangerous job. They research, track, trace, repossess, fly, and deliver airplanes. Whenever payments for airplanes become overdue, airplane repo men are hired by the bank to repossess the aircraft.

                          Here’s how the job works: The bank contacts the airplane repo company about a specific aircraft, which is then tracked through records for fuel purchases, hangar rentals, tie downs, and FAA records. Next, the airplane repo person must travel to the destination to legally steal the aircraft. Repossession can be accomplished with master keys and propeller locks, or it might require fast work and risky takeoffs. All of this is combined with the thrill of flying the plane into the sunset. The pay is approximately 6 to 10% of resale value of each repossessed plane they capture and return. Not just anyone can do this job, the applicant must be an excellent pilot licensed to fly all sorts of aircrafts, as they may have to fly a private jet, a 747, a crop duster, a twin engine prop plane, a rusted float plane, or even a traffic helicopter in the line of duty.

                          13. Trail Builders

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                            Trail Builders, or Trail Maintenance Workers, build and maintain trails that lead us on fantastic adventures through the wilderness. They are designed for hikers, bikers, backpackers, climbers, dogs, ATVs, horseback riders, and any other outdoor enthusiasts. Trails are found across our country’s mountains, valleys, and forests. Every trail must be maintained, and typically trail work is a seasonal job that is done when there is little snow and the weather is nicer. A trail builder’s goal is to reduce the overall impact on the environment, as trails eventually get rutted out, overgrown, washed out, eroded away, or covered up. The impact of people, rock slides, erosion, downed trees, and other forces of nature keep trail builders busy! You can be a Trail Builder as a volunteer, or as a paid worker at anywhere from $8-20 per hour.

                            14. Avalanche Forecaster

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                              An Avalanche Forecaster’s job is to advise the public on what the snow is doing. When snow piles up over the winter season, it creates a sort of layer cake of different storms. The snow pack is affected by mountain weather, aspect, slope, sun exposure, and it can create weak layers, and those weak layers can cause deadly avalanches.

                              If you love snow, this could be a great job for you, as you’ll spend about 75% of your time outside in the snow. The job entails looking at mountain weather, snow pack, avalanche activity, and historical data to promote avalanche awareness, write and document avalanche reports, forecasts, advisories, special warnings, accidents, reports, and statistics, and then make the information available to the public.

                              If you don’t have a science or snow-related degree, don’t worry, as all avalanche forecasters must have official avalanche certifications from organizations like the American Institute of Avalanche Research and Education or the Canadian Avalanche Association.

                              15. Elephant Trainer

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                                Some elephants can lie down, stand on their hind legs, draw and paint, throw a ball, spray water, play the drums, or even sing. An Elephant Trainer has the job of teaching these massive animals impressive tricks and proper behaviors. To train elephants, you may bribe the animals with food or with touch, and likely be required to clean up after the large beasts and provide them with their food and water. Additionally, you’ll exercise them and ensure that these intelligent creatures have enough mental stimulation so that they don’t become bored and possibly destructive. Elephant trainers are most often employed by circuses and zoos all around the world, along with amusement parks and movie studios.

                                Sources of elephant training knowledge include the American Zoological Association’s Elephant Management Course and a more recreational, once-in-a-lifetime option is to attend a 3-day, $100 course at the Elephant Conservation Centre School in Thailand. But the most important training is hands-on experience. You should apprentice and do internships with elephants if at all possible.

                                Featured photo credit: Roger Schüeber via flickr.com

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                                Last Updated on August 20, 2019

                                How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                                How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                                Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life.

                                Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affect your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality. (And here’s Why Your Perception Is Your Reality.)

                                I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive and just a general waste of energy.

                                You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

                                Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Become the master of your mind.

                                When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

                                I currently have few thoughts that are not of my own choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

                                Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

                                Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in charge of your thoughts. If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

                                Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create the most unhealthy and unproductive thoughts:

                                1. The Inner Critic

                                This is your constant abuser who is often a conglomeration of:

                                • Other people’s words; many times your parents.
                                • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples expectations.
                                • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media.
                                • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

                                The Inner Critic is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance and lack of self-love.

                                Why else would this person abuse you? And since this person is actually you– why else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

                                2. The Worrier

                                This person lives in the future; in the world of “what ifs.”

                                The Worrier is motivated by fear which is often irrational and with no basis for it. Occasionally, this person is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

                                3. The Reactor or Trouble-Maker

                                This is the one that triggers anger, frustration and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

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                                This person can be set off by words or feelings, and can even be set off by sounds and smells.

                                The Reactor has no real motivation and has poor impulse control and is run by past programming that no longer serves you, if it ever did.

                                4. The Sleep Depriver

                                This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

                                The Sleep Depriver’s motivation can be:

                                • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
                                • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
                                • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity and generalized anxiety
                                • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

                                How can you control these squatters?

                                How to Master Your Mind

                                You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You must pay attention to your thoughts so you can identify “who” is running the show; this will determine which technique you will want to use.

                                Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

                                There are two ways to control your thoughts:

                                • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
                                • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

                                This second option is what is known as peace of mind!

                                The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go to” thoughts in the applicable situations.

                                Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier; and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

                                For the Inner Critic

                                When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

                                You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

                                For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

                                You can also have a dialogue with yourself with the intention of discrediting the ‘voice’ that created the thought, if you know whose voice it is:

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                                “Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

                                If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready. This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

                                • They rile up the Worrier.
                                • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
                                • They are often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
                                • They are a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
                                • They are the destroyer of self-esteem. They convince you that you’re not worthy. They’re a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get them out!

                                Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

                                Replace them with your new best friends who support, encourage, and enhance your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

                                For the Worrier

                                Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

                                Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind and creates anxiety in the body.

                                You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

                                • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
                                • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                                • Muscles tense

                                Use the above stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

                                If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

                                Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

                                “Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

                                Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense; both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

                                If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

                                Now take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like!

                                Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

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                                For example:

                                If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

                                “I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place. Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

                                Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

                                “Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

                                Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

                                For the Trouble-Maker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

                                Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers; but until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

                                The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain:

                                • Increased heart rate and blood pressure; surge of adrenaline
                                • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                                • Muscles tension

                                I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

                                Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds; just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

                                Breathe in through your nose:

                                • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
                                • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
                                • Focus on your belly rising.

                                Breathe out through your nose:

                                • Feel your lungs emptying.
                                • Focus on your belly falling.
                                • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

                                Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize.

                                Now you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior.

                                One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting, or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

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                                Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

                                For the Sleep Depriver

                                (They’re made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

                                I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

                                Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

                                1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
                                2. Then I came up with replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

                                When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and I choose quiet.

                                From the first time I tried this method I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

                                For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (Closed, of course!). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

                                If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

                                You can also use this technique any time you want to:

                                • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon.
                                • Shut down your thinking.
                                • Calm your feelings.
                                • Simply focus on the present moment. 

                                The Bottom Line

                                Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or for destructive purposes.

                                You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

                                Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. The choice is yours!

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