I work in Times Square, and nearly every morning I get a great laugh as I walk to work. Right on 42nd Street I get the pleasure of watching a dance, a show, a commanding performance. Of a play or a musical, you might ask. Nope. Of a traffic cop. A woman traffic cop who works at Broadway and 42nd. She is an absolute pleasure to watch – man does she enjoy her job. It’s great to see the looks on drivers’ faces – they chuckle, and laugh and wave hello to her. And nobody screws with her – drivers DARE not cross her – she is a force of nature. She loves her job.
I like my job, quite a bit actually. But it would be fun to try other jobs for a time period – maybe a day, maybe a month. What would I try?
- Traffic Cop in Times Square
- Taxi Driver
- Brain Surgeon (obviously I am assuming I would have the requisite training for these roles)
- Helicopter Pilot
- Kindergarten Teacher
- Chef of a Michelin 3 star restaurant
- Short-Order Cook
- Starving yet on the cusp of success artist
- That job in the publishing industry where you get to read tons of books and help determine which ones go on the shelves
- Obviously I would be a Pop Star for a day
- Luxury Hotel owner
- Interior Decorator
- Navy Fighter Pilot
- Horse Trainer
Along these lines, I have a favorite company out in Portland, Oregon that allows people to try out their dream jobs. It’s called Vocation Vacations www.vocationvacations.com and I think it’s one of the coolest companies and ideas I have ever come across. Great for gifts too – send your husband away for two days (hooray! just kidding) on a Vocation Vacation where he can learn what it’s like to own a microbrewery, or a vineyard or be a sportscaster. And no, I am not getting paid for this post. I just happen to love the company. Too many people hate their jobs.
This is really fun to think about. What would you do?