8 Unusual Jobs That Might Be Perfect For Your Pandemic Portfolio

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The pandemic has most of us sitting at home twiddling our thumbs. With pay cuts, job losses, and general doom and gloom upon the world, perhaps it is time to explore some of the more unusual jobs that are on offer for the general populace.

One of the main things that all of us should be doing during these troubling times is trying to upskill ourselves, and what better way to make the most of a bad situation than making your own self better! 

Here are eight brilliant but unusual jobs that would be perfect for the pandemic portfolio you should be making right now. 

Professional Gamer 

If you enjoy video games and would like to be paid to potate on your couch day-in and day-out, you’re in luck! Professional video gaming is an arena you can check out as soon as you’re finished with your current one. You need to know the ins and out of your games and have good equipment. All you need to learn is online, and the rest you will learn as you practice! So get those consoles out!.

Ethical Hacker 

Which hacking may seem like a negative thing, ethical hacking is an up-and-coming business–one that pays the big bucks! Ethical hacking used the methods that hackers use to test products, websites, and organizations’ online presence. There are also courses you can take to learn ethical hacking! If you are interested in coding and computer languages you can start your journey of hacking big organizations for money–but the right way!

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Gumologist 

Do you like chewing gum? Enjoy working those jaw muscles all day? Do you have a great sense of taste? Perhaps you can become a gumologist! No, they are not gum doctors and it has nothing to do with glue. Gumologists are paid the big bucks to taste-test chewing gum. While it might seem a little bizarre, it is a great job one can have while the pandemic is going on. Chill out and chew gum? That’s the dream. You can start working for this dream right away. Order in a pack of gum immediately!

Professional Binge Watcher 

Want to watch some shows and movies all day, but also need that steady paycheck? Perhaps it is time to check Netflix’s website for openings. You can now become a professional binge-watcher for Netflix or other OTT platforms! There are different job descriptions for professional binge-watching though. Some places might just want you to review their shows, others might need you to analyze them. But one thing is for sure. You will need a very big bucket for your popcorn!

Subtitle Translator

Love watching foreign and regional movies? Understand more than one language, but don’t know what to do with your talents? It’s time to kick the pandemic in the butt and become a subtitle translator. With digital media traveling the globe in the blink of an eye, it is not strange to see movies and shows from other cultures. However, for those who might not speak the language, subtitles are a necessary point of reference. It is time to finally bust out your high-school French or native Malayalam prowess and translate those subtitles!

Rented Friend

If you are one of those people who need some company to stay happy, you’ll be glad to know that the pandemic is not the end of the world. You can now get money to make new friends and meet new people. You can be the ‘rented’ friend for those who are alone and need some companionship through the lockdown. A perfect job for extroverted people, rented friendship is a cool and kooky way to make new friends, get paid for it, and pass time during the age of corona. 

Feng Shui Consultant 

If you are all about the correct alignment of things in the house and are an avid practitioner of Feng Shui, you can now monetize that! Use your prowess in this ancient art and teach people how to align their spaces for better health, prosperity, wellness, and fortune. If you don’t know much about the Taoist principle of Feng Shui, don’t worry. You can take online (certification)  courses to learn the art! 

Nail Polish Namer 

If you are wondering where brands come up with the wild names on the backs of makeup, you need to wonder no longer! It is a great job to have, and now you can become the person who looks at a pink nail-polish and decides to call it ‘unicorn puke.’ Nail polish naming is exactly the kind of fun and creative job you need to get you through the pandemic without losing your mind. (Or perhaps you can use your already lost mind to name those pesky polish bottles!)

Are you ready to become that person on others’ contact list who inspires awe and jealousy? Alternative careers are all of a rage right now, so why not keep looking for a job instead of hanging up the hat and giving up your career aspirations.

Even if you do not end up applying for any of these jobs, make sure you get a good laugh out of them. Laughter is the best medicine, and right now, some good health would be a good idea!

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Prerna is an avid writer and procrastination enthusiast. She likes to hang out with books but being social is a skill she has yet to master. A student of literature and creative writing, Prerna loves meandering over diverse themes, polishing her creative processes, and finding trivia that might one day turn into a story. Travel and literature are very high on her list of things she likes to write about. She keeps wanting to write poignant articles about anime but is often distracted by other anime.

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