unique, unusual, interesting jobs?

posted 2 years ago in Career
Post # 2
242 posts
Helper bee

I work as a First Hand in a costume workroom. I draft patterns, alter patterns, cut garments out to be stitched and stitch garments. I found it while I was in college. A bunch of friends went to a production of RENT and I wanted to do something with the stage. I sort of had a knack for sewing and got assigned to costume design and fell in love with it. I worked at different theaters all over the country during my twenties, was on tour as wardrobe assistant with Lord of the Dance, and then took a job in florida as cosutme designer for a small theater. I got burnt out on it and work at a restaurant for 6 years and then moved last year and found this job. I dont love it anymore. Not like I used to. I kinda thought I’d want to go to grad school by now and get my master’s in design or costume technology (patterning & drafting) but I just don’t care about it anymore.

I’m not sure what I want to do, other than get married and have babies! I never would have said that in my undergrad years! I know my fiancee and I have to get financially stable before we try to have children. We are thinking of starting different revenue streams to begin our road to financial and job independence. I’d like to open an Etsy store, create a food blog, he wants to do an Ebay store, we know these won’t bring us money overnight. We also know we have to try something to know what works and what doesn’t work.

So there’s my story!

Post # 3
9526 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m a genetic counselor and I love it! It’s a fairly small job field, but really growing. Most people have never heard of it, but I basically just explain genetics to patients, because it’s really complicated. Sometimes I work with an MD geneticist and sometimes I work on my own. I also work in a lab, researching and writing up reports for genetic testing.

I’m one of those weird, nerdy people who has know that I wanted to go into genetics since I was 14. In high school I thought I would go into research and in college I considered giong to med school, then I discovered genetic counseling in my junior year of college and it was a perfect fit. 

Post # 4
1349 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter's Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

I work for Opera Australia as the operations manager for the orchestra.  We’re resident at the Sydney Opera House and I look after all the logistics, the orchestra pit, the instruments which we own and also all the WHS stuff is my job too.  My team and I are there for every show to make sure it runs smoothly from the orchestra perspective. It’s challenging, no two days are ever the same and I do have to deal with some interesting situations (opera conductors can be volcanic in temperament, although some of them are utterly lovely!) and with difficult musicians from time to time.  However, I love it! My office is one of the most spectacular buildings in the world and there are some fun perks (best seats in the house for the New Year’s Eve fireworks!) and the rewards do make it worthwhile.  It’s not all sunshine and lollipops, but somehow it always seems to be that when I’ve had a bad day and am grumpy something conspires to send me up to the foyers of our theatre to be greeted with this view, and suddenly it doesn’t seem quite so bad:

I got to this job through theatre stage management and spending my teenage years heavily involved in music (my mother is a music teacher!) – the two worlds kind of collided and created me this perfect job which is exactly my niche. I work closely with stage management (so it helps that that’s my background) as we often have musicians playing from backstage or sometimes onstage in costume and they’re my responsibility, but without a musical understanding I wouldn’t have a chance of surviving either.

Post # 5
2169 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

KiwiDerbyBride:  that is a pretty amazing job, i’m jealous!

I worked as a court typist for two years – until RSI/OOS got the better of me and I had to give it up. So many interesting work stories out of that! (Anonymized of course :P) I miss it and don’t miss it – I miss the work but the public serve office I worked for were probably the most inept people I’ve ever dealt with and totally oblivious to the occupational health & safety risk were were all exposing ourselves to (basically everyone had some sort of overuse problem, not that management cared). 

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