Exciting, Enigmatic and Existential Jobs

E is for… Engineer!

15 Mayor Ave. (photo credit: Halifax Municipal Archives)

It’s not every career that nets you a special ring!

The Order of the Engineer issues new engineering graduates simple stainless steel rings, meant to be worn on the pinky of the dominant hand, to signify the nature of engineering work.

Here is the Obligation of the Engineer, an oath that should be uttered before donning the ring:

I am an Engineer.

In my profession I take deep pride. To it I owe solemn obligations.

Since the Stone Age, Human Progress has been spurred by the Engineering Genius. Engineers have made usable Nature’s vast resources of Materials and Energy for Humanity’s Benefit.

Engineers have vitalized and turned to practical use the Principles of Science and the Means of Technology. Were it not for this heritage of accumulated experiences, my efforts would be feeble.

As an engineer, I, (full name), pledge to practice Integrity and Fair Dealing, Tolerance, and Respect, and to uphold devotion to the standards and dignity of my profession, conscious always that my skill carries with it the obligation to serve humanity by making best use of the Earth’s precious wealth.

As an engineer, I shall participate in none but honest enterprises. When needed, my skill and knowledge shall be given without reservation for the public good. In the performance of duty, and in fidelity to my profession, I shall give the utmost.

If you think engineering is just about math, science, and logic… you’re half right.

There are many different kinds of engineers, ranging from aerospace and civil engineers, to mechanical and software engineers, to environmental and nuclear engineers.

If you’re interested in solving problems, using logical reasoning, and designing new products (or updating older ones!), consider an exciting career in engineering! Indeed, if you’ve been wondering whether or not you should become an engineer, here’s a handy quiz to help you figure things out.

Oh, and as an added bonus, being mistaken for the conductor on an old-fashioned steam locomotive isn’t half bad, either…

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Other Exceptional Jobs That Start With E

  • Economist
  • Editor
  • Electrician
  • Entomologist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Equestrian
  • Estimator
  • Expediter
  • Exterminator

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Delightful, Daunting and Dependable Jobs

D is for… Dalai Lama!

The Dalai Lama is the political and spiritual leader of Tibet. Here is a picture of the reigning 14th Dalai Lama:

Dalai Lama (photo credit: Christopher Michel)

Born Lhamo Thondup on 6 July 1935, His Holiness the Dalai Lama was publicly recognized as the successor to the 13th Dalai Lama in 1939, and assumed full temporal (political) duties in 1950 at the age of 15.

The Dalai Lama currently lives in exile in India, due to Tibet’s political struggles with China. Although he stepped down as the political leader of Tibet in 2011, he continues to travel the world, teaching and speaking on a wide variety of subjects, including Buddhism, the welfare of Tibetans, economics, environmentalism, nonviolence, science, and women’s rights, among many other topics.

The most interesting aspect of the Dalai Lama’s job is its basis in reincarnation. You see, the current Dalai Lama is always found, rather than chosen or appointed, as with most political leaders. As this article in The Guardian explains, the Dalai Lama is said to possess the power to choose which body he will reborn into. Thus the job of his followers is to discover his new form through successive generations.

As John Oliver explains in this video, it’s a bit like an eternal game of Hide and Seek!

Another important part of the Dalai Lama’s job, as he says in this interview, is that he “practice[s] taking others’ anger, suspicion and distrust and give[s] them patience, tolerance and compassion.” What a wonderful thing, to be able to turn negativity into positivity, and redirect this flow of energy and emotion. Pretty cool, no?

The Dalai Lama is also on Twitter, sharing messages of peace, hope and inspiration @DalaiLama.

There Can Be Only One

Since there can be only one Dalai Lama (and this particular Dalai Lama suggests that he may, in fact, be the last in this line of spiritual leaders), here are some interesting alternatives for those with aspirations of spiritual leadership:


  • Bodhisattva
  • Lama – not to be confused with the Dalai Lama (a title), this refers to Tibetan Buddhist teachers
  • Sensei


  • Chaplain
  • Clergy (bishop, cardinal, priest, pastor, senior pastor, assistant pastor, minister, rector, associate rector, elder, director, deacon, youth pastor, youth minister, choir and music director)
  • Mission or Ministry Leader
  • Monk
  • Nun
  • Preacher


  • Guru
  • Swami
  • Yogi


  • Imam


  • Cantor
  • Rabbi

Other Religions

  • Daoshi
  • Fetish Priest
  • Itako
  • Kannushi
  • Medicine Man/Woman
  • Priestess
  • Shaman

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  • Dancer
  • Dentist
  • Diplomat
  • Doctor

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C is for Clandestine Service

C is for Clandestine Service

Hyasnaa & Lydia von Sturmpanzer V2 (photo credit: saigneurdeguerre)

Ever wanted to become a professional spy? Then look no further than the CIA’s Clandestine Service!

Now known as the Directorate of Operations, the Central Intelligence Agency formerly referred to this part Agency as the Clandestine Service, since it involves the collection of human intelligence and conducting Covert Action as directed by the President.

In short: this is where U.S. spies are trained to carry out their missions.

Important note: the CIA obtains information on foreign lands and people, whereas the FBI keeps tabs on U.S. citizens. There are also two other U.S. agencies that employ intelligence officers: the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and the National Security Agency (NSA).

Although being a spy may sound cool, particularly if you’ve read a lot of thrillers or enjoy the James Bond movies, most intelligence work is actually more about – surprise! – using your brain to defeat the enemy. As this list of 10 myths about working for the CIA points out, intelligence officers don’t need to be superhuman, karate experts, or wear tuxedos to upscale casinos.

Indeed, given that much modern-day crime happens online, some Clandestine Service members spend a lot of time with computers, just like hackers.

“Data Security” (photo credit: Visual Content)

Unfortunately, a lot of the gadgetry spies use in movies is just Hollywood flash. Then again, the CIA admits “our scientists and engineers do get to work on technology so advanced, it’s classified.”

If you like learning new things (including foreign languages), never being bored on the job, and getting to work in the field, then perhaps a career in the Clandestine Service is the cool job for you!

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Other Cool Jobs That Start With C

  • Caddie
  • Camera Operator
  • Camouflage Specialist
  • Candy Maker/Chocolatier
  • Cantor
  • Carpenter
  • Cartoonist
  • CEO
  • Chef
  • Chemist
  • Choreographer
  • CIA Analyst
  • Coach
  • Crystallographer

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