When you think of the "ideal career", no doubt your mind immediately heads in the direction of the classics: IT, engineering, medicine, programming, or the creative arts. But the world is so much broader than that! There are so many careers that you’ve probably never thought about, but which could offer you an alternative to the more popular careers.
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If you want to find the career "roads less traveled", here’s how to go about it:
1. Forget the Popular Careers
Get thoughts of accounting, being a doctor, or becoming an actor out of your head! All of the popular careers are going to be highly competitive, as there are many people fighting for the same jobs in the same companies. If it’s a job that your mind immediately flashes to, forget about it!
2. Look Around for People Doing Unusual Things
Think about all of the people you encounter in your day as you go about your life:
- The bus driver
- The garbage truck driver
- The train conductor
- The janitorial staff at your company
- The person handling your packages at UPS or the USPS
- The staff at your local Renaissance fair
- The masseuse at your day spa
These are all viable careers to consider, and they are fairly far off the beaten career path.
Stop looking at the people who do the common jobs, but look around to find the people who are doing things you’ve never considered before.
3. Do Your Research
Once you find a career that you find unusual enough, it’s time to dig into whether or not it’s a good option for you!
For example, find out how much someone can earn in that position. You may just discover that their salary is better than you’ve been earning putting in a full work day at your current job! Use PayScale to help you find out the average salary you can earn in those unusual jobs.
Find out what sort of opportunities are available to people in that industry/career. You may not be able to check Monster or Indeed for these unusual jobs, but you’ll need to get a bit more specific in your job search.
Forbes has a list of the top-paying unusual jobs, including options like being a professional embalmer, a hot dog vendor, an ice cream taster, a personal shopper, a funeral service manager or a virtual head hunter.
Here are some resources to visit:
- Resort Jobs for careers in resorts
- Mountain Jobs for careers in mountain resorts and ski lodges
- Lifeguarding Jobs for careers as a lifeguard
- Theme Park Jobs for careers in theme parks
- Job Monkey for those odd and unusual jobs you won’t find on Monster or Indeed.
- Fun Jobs for jobs that could be a whole lot more fun than you’d think
- Cool Works for a job you’ll really enjoy
- Brazen Careerist for more job-hunting resources
4. Acquire the Needed Skills
Once you find the job that suits your interests, it’s time to develop the necessary abilities. The only way to do that is to study for those careers, but you won’t find educational resources in your average city college. You may have to study at a specialized trade school, take courses online or take vocational classes at colleges in another city. Thankfully, these unusual careers will not usually require the same amount of academic experience as you need for the "classic" careers.
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Have you found an odd career that you love? Leave a comment below and let us know the details!