1. Sam Pointon, Director of Fun, York’s National Railway Museum
Let’s start this list by talking about the 6 year old Sam Pointon. Why, you ask? Well, here’s his story. Andrew Scott, who was the original Director of Fun at the museum, was retiring from his position after 15 years. This when, the 6-year old decided to send in a handwritten letter along with his picture, asking to be considered for the soon-to-be-vacant position of Scott. He enthusiastically wrote:
“I am only six but I think I can do this job, I have an electrick (sic) train track. I am good on my train track. I can control two trains at once.”
Of course, he got the job. He’s 10 now, and successfully holding down his Director chair.
“It is the best job in the world. I love it. It is good fun. My favourite is the steam engine, I like it when the wheels go round,” he told BBC right after being appointed. Well, that’s the best example we can put forth to show you how far #startingyoung can take you.
Do you have trouble waking up in the morning because you love the comfort of your bed too much? If only, there was a job that required you to lying in a bed all day, but wait – there is, and it pays ridiculously well, too. Meet Rosin Madagin, a 22 year old, who works for Simon Horn Limited, who sell luxury Savoir beds. Her job includes testing out different beds from 10 in the morning to 6 in the evening. According to her Manager Craig Roylance, she is supposed to provide the company with her objective opinion on the beds she tests out on a blog. Envy, much?
Wait till you hear that she gets paid £1,000 per month for it.
Diwali for you might come once every year, but for Jim Souza, everyday happens to be one. How? His job includes travelling to different parts of the world and setting off fireworks. Yep. He is responsible for most of the Fourth of July fireworks shows, and carries out close to 400 other shows for money. “I’ve designed the show to go off a certain way to create certain moments and feelings. When you hear the oohs and ahhs from the crowd — you know you’ve nailed it,” Souza told CNBC
Apart from the fact that the guy actually tastes candies for living, kindly note he’s only 12. He works at Swizzell Matlow, where he is responsible for trying out super secret recipes. He got this job by winning a contest that the company put out, to fill this particular position. In his interview, he described the smell and flavor of his favorite candy – the Drumstick Lolly. He reports the experience to be a marvelous once, where everyday feels like walking into the factory from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Well, why wouldn’t it?
5. Valentino Balboni, Chief Lamborgini Test Driver
Automobile enthusiasts will love this one. As his designation suggests, Vanlentino worked with Lamborgini for 40 years, as test driving their cars, before retiring in 2008 due to Itlaian government regulations. His job allowed him to test drive almost 80 percent of the Lamborgini cars ever made, and there came a point in his career, where customers specially sent the cars to him to be test driven. He was presented with a special Valentino Balboni edition Gallardo by Lamborghini for his exceptional service.
6. Tommy Lynch, WaterSlide Tester
‘I do have the best job in the world. No-one believes me when I tell them what I do.’ Tommy told the DailyMail in 2008. He works for First Choice, the corporate giant that offer holiday packages world -wide. ‘Some people sit in an office all day but I get to fly all over the world and slide down flumes. It can be a bit tough when it is chilly and you have to strip off and shoot down the flume but other than that, it is great.There is so much more that goes into the flumes than people realise. The pools and slides are such an important part of the family holiday so it is vital everything is right,’ he added while talking about his daily routine. He had already traveled 27,000 miles around the world, by the time he was 29, and travels at least 40,000 kms every year.
7. Colum Egan, Whiskey Maker
Everything in life was set for the Southwesterm Ireland lad, attending the University of Limerick to become and Engineer, till he met his now wife, who lived in Northern Island, 12 miles away from the Bushmills Distillery. He decided to move for the love of one girl, but fell in love with something else as well. After getting a job at the Bushmills Distellery where he handled mixing and bottling of whiskey under the care of the Master Disteller for 5 years, Egan was appointed as the Master Distiller himself. So, now his everyday work includes creating the trademark Bushmills Whiskey which is “smooth, fruity, and vanilla,a little floral and slightly spicy.” according to what he told CNBC.
In 2009, what was labelled as the ‘Best job in the world’, Ben Southall beat several thousands of applicants from across the world to babysit the island for about a year and a half.
The job came with a six month contract of staying in 3 bedroom villa with a pool, and a handsome pay of $111,000. He successfully documented his time on the island in pictures, like the following.
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