We found the findings of the American Express survey a little lack-lustre. Surely, given the range of options we could set our sights a little higher? With this in mind we are proud to present our take on what the Top Ten Jobs in the World could be. This time there’s no limits…
We start our list with Adventurer. These people have discovered new lands, peoples and reached hereto unknown places or simply lead the most amazing lives. Marco Polo and Magellan. Scott and Edmunson and of course Casanova. These people push the boundaries of what we think is possible and are trailblazers in the truest sense. Go on admit it, wouldn’t you like to discover a new country or escape a Doge’s palace by rooftop?
9. Top Comic
Thankfully we’ve moved away from the racist/sexist/downright offensive stand-ups of the 70’s and 80’s. These days we live in an age of the super comic. People whose brand of banter can be as critical of our society as it is eye wateringly funny. Izzard with his zany yet genius ad-lib, Rock with his cutting Oscar remarks and Kaye who appears to have lived the childhood of every person in the country. To make millions laugh and to be thought of as a comedy genius is quite a gig.
8. Rock Star
Hey, Hey, I wanna be a Rock Star! And well you might. If you are a little sketchy about what a true rock star is, just think of the complete opposite to Kanye West. What we’re talking about here is stadium rocking, hell raising, 5 minute guitar soloing rock stars. Think of some of the classics such as Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and Metallica. Bat eating, Jumbo Jet owning and Rolls Royce into swimming pool driving mayhem. Millions of adoring fans and an immortal musical legacy. For those who are about to rock, we salute you!
7. Top Human Rights Lawyer
It’s safe to say that Lawyers can come up for some pretty hard criticism these days. From Ambulance chasing to O.J acquitting, there’s plenty that is morally questionable about the practice of law. However that certainly isn’t the case when it comes to human rights. Being at the top of the legal game is no mean feat and coupled with the fact that you have dedicated your life to fighting injustice around the world almost makes you a super hero (minus the cape obvs). Thumbs up legal eagles.
6. Serial Success Writer
Not so much Mills and Boon, more like J.K. Rowling or George R. R. Martin. Having half the planet on tenterhooks as they await your latest novel as you continue your sweeping grand narrative has to be satisfying. And so to0 must be the movie and TV rights. J.K has risen from early poverty, writing up potters antics whilst nursing a coffee in her local cafe to being more wealthy than the Queen. It’s said that everyone has one good book in them, but to churn out a critically acclaimed anthology has to be cool as.
5. Movie Legend
There is A-list and then there is Movie Legend. These people were and are the very ceiling of cinema. Their names on a movie poster an almost guarantee of box office success and best film awards. Deniro, Pacino, Streep, Hepburn, Hanks, Brando, and Olivier, the list goes on but their place in the firmament of Hollywood greatness will long outlast their medium. There’s no business like show business and these guys are the top of the food-chain when it comes to acting genius. Who wouldn’t want to be one of the movie greats?
4. Iconic Sports Person
Everyone admires excellence and there are few things more inspiring than an Iconic Sports Person. Quite literally at the top of their game, these superstars never fail to impress or capture the public’s imagination. Ali, Senna, Williams and Rousey are just a few examples that come to mind. To attain these heights is to become a legend in your own time. You don’t just own your sport, you define it. Fair play we say.
3. Technological Ground Breaker
It’s hard to fathom how we coped before the advent of the Internet, mobile phones and social media and the gamut of other technological breakthroughs that we have witnessed in the last 30 years. Computers used to take up entire floors of buildings, if you were out and wanted to call someone you had to use a smelly phone box and just hope they were in at home. Sending a written message required stamps and if you wanted to show someone pictures of your latest holiday, you would require the services of a chemist. Our world is radically different today thanks to the likes of Sinclair, Jobs, Gates, and Zuckerberg. These guys changed the world forever, and some even managed it without a chip on their shoulder. Now if someone could only invent those hover cars we were promised…
2. Scientific Genius
If the Technological Ground Breakers have changed the way we live, then the Scientific Geniuses have changed the way we see the world around us. That’s not to mention the host of technological breakthroughs that have followed on from their discoveries. People like Eratosthenes who calculated the Earths circumference in 240 BC to within 0.16% of its actual value. Guys like Galileo who observationally proved the heliocentric model was wrong. Dudes such as Einstein who redefined the way in which we think about time and space and of course our very own Hawkins, whose work on black holes is pushing us further towards a unified theory. Forwarding our understanding of the universe has to be a pretty commendable roll and whom among us wouldn’t want to stand on the shoulders of these giants and go down in history as the person that finally made that last great leap?
1. Legendary Leader
So what is the top job in the world? How about being a leader of it? Hopefully if you attain this height of power you will make a good one. History is rife with examples. Napoleon, not only the greatest military genius ever, his reforms of Europe and France still stand today. Lincoln who finally managed to abolish slavery in what would become the world’s most powerful country. Gandhi with his non-violent protests liberated his country from the world’s largest empire. And more recently Mandela who succeeded in ending over 100 years of racial discrimination in South Africa. These leaders lead their people to a better place and will be forever commemorated for it. Beats working in an office right?