A to Z Challenge – Theme Reveal: Explore some of the World’s Coolest Jobs

Hi! My name is Laura, and I write books for kids. YA books, to be more specific. Nonfiction books about cool jobs, to be exact.

So far I’ve written two books about cool jobs for ReferencePoint Press, a San Diego educational publisher. My first book, Careers in Gaming, debuted in January of this year, and my second book, Careers in Digital Media, is coming this fall. I’m currently working on a third book, called Careers If You Like Music, for the same publisher.

Since I started writing about all of these interesting jobs people have in the video game industry, the world of digital media, and the ever-changing music industry, I asked myself: what do all of these jobs have in common?

The answer is simple: they’re all super cool!

Now, I know you are probably thinking, “But, Laura, how can work be cool?” And that’s a good question!

Here’s what I think: if you find a job you really love, it will never feel like work. There’s even a saying that has been attributed to everyone from Confucius to Mark Twain to Marc Anthony:

“If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.”

So what does that mean?

It means you need to find one of the World’s Coolest Jobs, so you’ll be able to wake up every day excited to go to work!

And how do you do that?

Just follow along as I take you on a quick tour of 26 awesome jobs, from A to Z, during the month of April. I’ll be posting about my first Cool Job – which starts with the letter A – on April 1st.

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P.S. If you’d like to play along on the A to Z Challenge at your own blog, check out the challenge’s website to find out more!

Weird and wacky jobs

To get you in the mood for my A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal coming up on Monday (March 20), here is a little something I swiped from my Facebook feed:

Of all the unusual jobs in the world, I can’t say I’ve ever met anyone yet who’d admit to being a “fatuous pauper,” nor a “fish-bender” – though what kind of fish needs bending, really?

I’m also quite certain that “midget” is now considered an ableist slur. Come come, my good man, the correct terminology is “little person,” or “LP.” Update your lexicon, you heathen!

I’ll cut this beef twister a break, though, since these all so-called jobs hail from the late 1800s, and the world has changed just a titch since then. Indeed, the world has even changed since my first odd job title: Wet Playground Attendant. I typically have to inform people that “wet” was meant to modify “playground,” not “attendant.”

WET PLAYGROUND: Parky’s Pirate Cove at Miami Whitewater in Cincinnati, Ohio

Some of my other odd job titles over the years have included:

  • A$$#*!& (aka Telephone Pollster, typically confused with the unrelated job of Telemarketer)
  • Angle Bracketeer (aka Web Intern)
  • Book Jockey (aka College Library Clerk)
  • Botanical Garden Brat (aka Unappreciated Intern)
  • Guarded Gatekeeper (aka Resentful Receptionist)
  • Online Grader (aka Teaching Assistant, or TA)
  • Phantastic Photocopiest (aka Terrific Temp)

What kinds of odd or unusual jobs – or job titles – have you held?