Here are some fan­tas­tic dif­fer­ent ca­reers to ex­plore

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Most of us have, at one point or an­other, won­dered whether we shouldn’t be do­ing some­thing a lit­tle more in­ter­est­ing for a liv­ing. But, when pushed to come up with an idea of what that might ac­tu­ally en­tail, most of us draw a blank. Have a look at th­ese odd jobs that can never be de­scribed as a ‘nine to five’. You never know – maybe they’ll serve as in­spi­ra­tion the next time you go look­ing for your true call­ing.

PRO­FES­SIONAL MOURNER (MOIROLOGIST)

Do you have a flair for the dra­matic and fancy your­self as a bit of an ‘old soul’? This an­cient job might be per­fect for you. Pro­fes­sional mourn­ers date back cen­turies and, in­cred­i­bly, are still around to­day. Pre­dom­i­nantly found in Asia and Africa, pro­fes­sional mourn­ers are paid to cry at fu­ner­als, com­fort the griev­ing fam­ily and (some­times) to de­liver a eu­logy. Pro­fes­sional mourn­ers are held in high re­gard by some cul­tures, de­spite be­ing vir­tu­ally un­heard of in Aus­tralia.

PRO­FES­SIONAL BRIDES­MAID

Are you a good lis­tener, but not big on be­ing bru­tally hon­est? Do you love wed­dings, but aren’t ready to be a bride? Then this is your niche. If you think you can be the ul­ti­mate gal pal, per­haps the Us-based com­pany, Brides­maid for Hire, is where you should send your next re­sume.

PRO­FES­SIONAL CUDDLER

As po­ten­tially creepy as this might sound, be­ing a pro­fes­sional cuddler en­tails much more than just the cud­dle it­self. Be­ing phys­i­cally close to other hu­mans is a nec­es­sary part of our mental well-be­ing, but many peo­ple aren’t get­ting the amount of hu­man touch they need. This is where you will come in. You will pro­vide a cru­cial mental health ser­vice by cud­dling up to a com­plete stranger.

PRO­FES­SIONAL LINE-STANDERS

If you think stand­ing is fun, or if you at least don’t mind it, you can take the place of peo­ple wait­ing in line. For a fee, of course. You’ll be help­ing el­derly peo­ple who can­not stand as well or as long as they used to, moth­ers with tod­dlers who need to go potty, and plain ol’ lazy peo­ple that can’t be both­ered.

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