For some people, taking the less-travelled road is more exciting and fulfilling, than a 9 to 5 job that limits you to a cubicle. Charles Bukowski has rightly said, ‘’Find what you love, and let it kill you.”
Finding your professional calling can be a nerve-racking process, specially when you’re still trying to figure out what you’re actually good at. If you’re a twenty-something stuck in a rut, then check out the following list of unconventional career options that might be right up your alley:
- Tattoo artist
Recognized as one of the oldest forms of art, the process of tattooing involves using ink to permanently embedding images or designs under the skin. Aspiring tattoo artists are expected to not only possess artistic ability, but also tact and patience to sit through time-consuming sessions with multiple customers throughout the day. While you’re not necessarily required to have a degree, as a professional tattoo artist you should have at least 3 years of apprenticeship under your belt. During an apprenticeship, an established tattoo artist takes you under their wing in order to teach you the ropes of their business, including designing tattoos, operating a tattoo machine, sterilizing your equipments, and most importantly, honing your skills to deliver a high-quality tattoo on an actual person.Most places require an issued licensure for tattoo artists, before they can start working professionally. While the requirements differ from place to place, usually you’re supposed to spend a certain number of hours tattooing on record for skill assessment purposes.
- Cave Diver
Underwater exploration often involves discovering untouched sinkholes, cenotes, caverns and caves. When done properly, cave diving can be an exciting opportunity for you to descend the waters to document something the world has never seen. A professional cave diver goes through an advanced dive course to fulfill multiple prerequisites, including a minimum number of logged dives, before they can start training. You will require a cave certification, or a similar course certification that attests to your ability of surviving in an overhead environment. You should also be an experienced night-diver, who is comfortable with low-light communication, and has ample knowledge of sidemount or backmount configuration, boat training, drysuit and twin tank system.
- Wine Sommelier
What is better than getting paid to taste wines for your entire life? Wine sommeliers have a special place in the hospitality industry, where they are responsible for pairing up the ideal selection of wine with the delicacies on the menu. To get started, enroll yourself in a reputed certification course where you’ll not only learn how to taste wine, but also delve into the forgotten art of opening, presenting and pouring wine.For initial exposure and experience, get in touch with your local wine bar, tasting room, hotel banquet staff or even a modest catering business. The dining floor can be your best classroom, when you’re just starting out and looking to make a name for yourself. Sure, you’re going to spend a lot of time on your feet, but at the end of the day, you’ll walk away with more information about the fermented beverage that you walked in with.
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