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What type of job do you have? Is it the type of job that will make you smile every single day until you retire? Do you enjoy how you spend your time?

Most jobs aren’t that cool. How did you end up in an uncool career? You’re only there because you chose to be. That’s right, the road of life is full of important decisions and your decisions lead you to where you are right now.

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What if you could choose your own adventure and begin a totally strange, new career…

It will take determination, but jobs are out there…cool, fun, exciting, even strange or weird jobs you never imagined existed. What are they? Did you ever wonder who…

  • Makes the antivenom for poisonous snake bites?
  • Finds golf balls when you shank them into the middle of a lake?
  • Decides when an ice cream flavor is good enough to sell?
  • Picks up the chewing gum left on a park bench?
  • Assesses furniture’s comfort level?
  • Breaks into banks to test the security?
  • Takes photos of gory crime scenes?
  • Delivers mail to tribes in the Amazon?
  • Farms oysters in middle of the ocean?
  • Blows stuff up?
  • Grows Christmas trees?
  • Sells fireworks?
  • Makes funny sounds?
  • Constructs glass eyeballs?
  • Gets rid or woodpeckers?
  • Draws ski resort maps?
  • Teaches people how to jump out of planes?
  • Dresses up like Santa at the mall?

These are all wacky, odd, unexpected, wild, crazy, unconventional, strange, or just plain weird jobs and careers. They aren’t your traditional career choices, but somebody out there does all of these things, gets paid for it, and enjoys life. It’s a bit bizarre that people do these peculiar jobs, but what if it was you? What if people said to you – “You do WHAT?!”?

Before you get all flustered and wonder why life streamlines you into careers as bankers, rental car agents, repairmen, or nurses – don’t panic. It’s never too late to change your life and do something that’s totally atypical. It may be weird to consider that growing herbs, promoting concerts, designing knives, testing honeymoon retreats, or repossessing airplanes are all careers that you could do, but you can. You have the choice.

There are tons of jobs out there where you can escape from the cubicle. It’s not an easy process and you need to know what you’re getting yourself into. Do your research:

  • Can I make a living doing this?
  • What companies will hire me?
  • Do I actually make a paycheck?
  • What type of education or certifications will I need?
  • Can I still pay the bills?

Your answers to these questions will help pave your career roadmap and help you decide if you’re ready to wrestle alligators, spray cheese, or ink tattoos. Decide if you want a total change or if you just want to get your toes wet. A lot of strange jobs allow you to work part-time or freelance when it fits your schedule. This way you can get a taste of freedom, a secondary income, and build experience at the same time – that’s a nice mix.

Do you have interests beyond writing memos and attending boring meetings? If so, you may wonder how you can find a strange job? Hobbies are a good place to start. What do you do for fun? Stuff animals, act like Elvis, or make model cars? If you enjoy it, someone out there works in that field and is making money off your hobby. Maybe they are developing Frisbee golf discs, testing mountaineering equipment, trying condoms, developing fragrances, or saving sea turtles – and they are getting paid good wages.

The big question is how to decide on a weird career for you? Think of things you’re interested in or good at and there is a job that relates – no matter how weird and off the beaten track the job might be:

  • Civil War Buff – Civil War Battlefield Re-enactor
  • Love animals – Elephant Trainer
  • Into dead people – Embalmer
  • Friendly and Reliable – Doorman
  • Like to stare danger in the face – Rodeo Clown
  • Can see into the future – Palm Reader or Psychic
  • Into babies – Baby Proofer
  • Nice hands – Body Part Model
  • Clever with words – Greeting Card Writer
  • Love fireworks – Fireworks Salesman
  • Sled rider – Snowmobile Guide
  • Eye for houses – Interior Designer
  • Good with fabrics – Seamstress
  • Bending Metal – Blacksmith
  • Great Outdoors – Backpacking Instructor

None of these jobs may have been in your original life plan, but plans change. Why don’t you make a career switcharoo? It’s never too late. There is a whole world of jobs that might appeal to you. And who knows where your next office will be – a dance studio? A street-side café in France?

Hiding in a barrel? High in the air? Climbing a mountain? In a lab? In front of a crystal ball? On a farm?

You choose.

These jobs and other strange careers are available all over our world. It may take some time to find the perfect one for you, but if you are determined, you will. Google your hobbies and passions. Network and ask manufacturers, stores, associations, societies, other hobby lovers, and professionals about your weird job quest. Find apprenticeships and develop portfolios. Gain certifications or even go back to school. Attend meetings, workshops, and conventions. Hold your head high and be proud. It takes time to find a weird job, but when you do you’ll be amazed at how awesome it is.

What it comes down to is that you should follow your passion no matter how weird, strange, and quirky it might be. Take a chance. Turn your weird into a career.

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Across think tanks as a whole there is no typical career path and progression. The majority of graduates will be attracted to the role of analyst or researcher which is common to all think tanks.

However full time positions are rare with research associate positions often requiring at least a Master's degree plus five years high-level research experience. Candidates for Senior Associate roles are typically PhD level researchers with a number of years of experience.

It's unusual to have a ‘think tank’ career. The majority of LSE students working in think tanks will have begun as interns or have transitioned from other sectors with significant work experience. The think tank sector as a whole employs relatively few people.

Desirable skills and qualifications

It is very common to have a Master's qualification, particularly for analyst and researcher positions.

In addition to strong research skills, think tanks are increasingly looking for strong influencing and communication skills and the interest and ability to engage with new technologies and media.

The staff profiles can often give an insight into the skills that particular think tanks value but be creative - you may be the very person to fill a skills gap in an organisation!

A think tank employer will look at skills gained from any previous employment, professional knowledge and technical expertise and academic qualifications. Your knowledge of the subject area and the organisation's values are also likely to be tested.

Internships and work experience

The main entry point is via internship programmes and part-time/project-based opportunities. If you are keen to work in the sector after graduation, aim to get an internship during your time at the LSE.

Think tanks have a fairly rapid turn-over and rely heavily on interns. Short internships in think tanks are a good way to get a ‘foot in the door’ and are open to undergrads and recent graduates and tend to combine research and administrative work. Internships can be a great way to get some interesting experience which will look impressive on your CV.

Whilst interning it’s essential that you network and keep an eye open for opportunities.

It’s important to bear in mind though when you join as an intern that the number of permanent positions is low and formal graduate placements are rare.

Job and internship hunting strategies

Think tanks expect to receive applications in four ways. To increase your chances, consider all of the following:

  • Specialist websites such as and w4mp.org (Working for an MP)
  • The think tanks' own websites, which post vacancies for interns and staff
  • Through speculative applications (try to connect with the values / philosophical standpoint of particular think tanks)
  • Adverts in national publications like The Guardian, The New Statesman the Times Educational Supplement and The Economist

Our advice is to be proactive and seek out smaller organisations that don't necessarily advertise, particularly if your Master's or PhD thesis has either or strong subject or methodological similarities to your potential target.

Some jobs are not advertised or are filled internally through existing staff or volunteers so building and maintaining a network and using tools like LinkedIn| should be part of your overall job strategy.


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