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Months ago in Bangalore, my friend and colleague, Karthik, asked me about what sorts of jobs I’ve had. I started recounting them. it was a fun exercise in memory and I recalled all sorts of work adventures. I was sure I didn’t remember everything so after our conversation, I made a list. It started out sort of chronological, but it isn’t really in any order by the end. Anyway, there are sixty four things I’ve been paid to do since I started working at 15. No wonder I don’t know what to do next. Maybe it’s time to review and repeat some of the best ones.

  1. Babysitter
  2. Lifeguard
  3. Aerobics instructor
  4. Camp program assistant
  5. Tutor
  6. Video rental clerk
  7. Bartender
  8. Photocopier
  9. Retail sales
  10. Teacher
  11. Secretary
  12. Desktop publisher/designer
  13. Corporate marketing/events
  14. Stage manager
  15. Telerama School director
  16. Prep cook
  17. Academic computing trainer
  18. Academic IT manager
  19. Feature writer
  20. Interviewer (journalist)
  21. Academic courseware developer
  22. Webmaster
  23. Year 2000 test center manager
  24. Entrepreneur
  25. Scriptwriter
  26. Camera operator
  27. Boom operator
  28. Gaffer
  29. Continuity girl
  30. Video editor
  31. Logo designer
  32. Graphic designer
  33. Model
  34. Narrator/voice actor
  35. Ghost writer
  36. Jewellery maker
  37. Translator
  38. Fixer (video production)
  39. Brand designer
  40. CMS programmer
  41. Technical writer
  42. Test subject (cosmetics)
  43. Hoop performer
  44. Hoop dance teacher
  45. Wedding planner
  46. Costumer
  47. Yoga instructor
  48. Circus performer
  49. Choreographer
  50. Circus teacher
  51. Ringmaster
  52. Circus prop maker
  53. E-book writer
  54. Business manager
  55. Art teacher
  56. Meditation teacher
  57. Digital magazine editor
  58. Marketing manager
  59. Event team director
  60. Musical performer
  61. Illustrator
  62. Online curriculum developer
  63. Facilitator trainer
  64. Train-the-trainer trainer

(updated August 2020)