If you're unemployed and consider yourself an expert when it comes to building things with LEGOS, today is your lucky day. The LEGO company has just announced it will be hiring 20 model builders and designers to work at their super secret LEGO facility in Florida. Here's what you need to know before you apply.
For Emma Mostrom-Mombelli, a scuba diving instructor in Thailand for the past two years and a former divemaster in the U.K., a typical workday often entails diving deep into the depths of some of the world's most beautiful oceans alongside a rotating cast of silent amphibious co-workers. The ambitious maritime adventuress recently spoke with PayScale to share some of her favorite things about diving, teaching, and what it takes to pursue a career in scuba diving.
For the past four years, New York-based social worker Courtney Kenney has worked as a program associate for Ronald McDonald House New York, an organization that provides temporary housing for pediatric cancer patients and their families. Located on East 73rd Street in Manhattan near 13 major cancer treatment centers, Ronald McDonald functions as a both practical and supportive home base for young people who are receiving treatment for serious, sometimes terminal pediatric illnesses. The organization, which can host up to 84 families at a time, is usually filled to capacity and has opened its doors to more than 30,000 families from all across the state, country, and world since it was founded in 1978. Kenney works directly with children and their families on a daily basis — playing, talking, and helping to facilitate the House's many programs and services. Kenney recently spoke with PayScale to describe some of the rewards and challenges of her unique role, and share some of the experiences that have shaped her career.
Before racking up 15 NBA seasons with some of the top teams of the '90s, including the Seattle SuperSonics, Detroit Pistons, and Utah Jazz, NBA veteran Olden Polynice — a six-foot-eleven, Haitian-born, Harlem-raised center with a friendly smile and an unforgettable name — was told by doctors that he would never walk, let alone share a basketball court with the likes of Hakeem Olajuwon, Karl Malone, and Michael Jordan.
You've heard the old saying: "Choose a job that you love, and you never have to work a day in your life." While it does seem ideal, not everybody gets to do what they really love as a job, especially at first. You might need to move into the perfect role by coming at it sideways, in a lateral move from another position. If you're lucky enough to be working in a company where there is scope to be doing what you enjoy doing, seize the opportunity.
Professional mermaid-ing is a highly specialized, fiercely competitive job that's swimming with a school of inner child-thrilling rewards, pun most definitely intended. Depending on a mermaid's employer, location, and experience, job perks can include working with children, wearing incredibly ornate uniforms, getting paid to dance underwater, and swimming with jellyfish (and sometimes sharks) on a routine basis. Though mermaid gigs are largely unadvertised, there are a surprisingly large number of opportunities to fashion a career as a real-life Ariel.
Forget kids! Why nanny for human offspring when you could be spending your time with baby panda cubs instead? A handful of organizations, including the Giant Panda Protection and Research Center in the Sichuan province of southwest China, actually employ a category of workers known as panda nannies, the primary responsibility of whom, as the job title suggests, is to play with painfully adorable panda cubs.
With an insanely competitive interview process that can take four to six weeks, include up to eight rounds of interviews, and require responses to seemingly irrelevant questions such as, "How many trees are there in Washington state?," jobs at Amazon and other top tech employers are hard to get. The thought of someone who actually managed to snag a coveted spot with a dream company voluntarily choosing to relinquish said position might sound unfathomable. And yet many people do exactly that.
Using the bedroom mattress as a springboard to the stars is a quintessential childhood pastime. So much so, that the classic nursery song Five Little Monkeys has over 68 million hits on YouTube).?As a career path for adults, however, mattress jumping "is not a game," according to Reuben Reynoso, a professional "mattress filler" who has made a career out of jumping on high-end mattresses for McRoskey Mattress Company in San Francisco's Potrero Hill.?
Peter Pan Syndrome is a real thing, and our cultural zeitgeist is rife with both fictional and nonfictional examples of the pop psychology concept of puer aeternus: essentially, people who'd prefer not to grow up. While perpetual adolescence is fundamentally problematic in many real-life scenarios, there are some who have figured out how to channel their youthful sensibility into their careers in both interesting, and in some cases, remarkably profitable ways. To that end, we've compiled a list of 10 of the world's most unique, real-life jobs with the power to thrill your inner child, and will be rolling out in-depth profiles on each occupation, ranging from the earning potential of a professional Ice Cream Taster, to the job skills required of a Human Hedge. Read on to learn the nuts and bolts of the first career up on the list: "LEGO Professor / LEGO Builder," and be sure to check back for new profiles in the coming weeks!