Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!
This week’s TTT topic is Bookish Jobs I Would Do For Free (Real or Imaginary). I tweaked the topic just a bit since I don’t see myself doing much for free these days, haha. Instead, I’ve broken the jobs down into what I consider to be somewhat realistic options if I were to ever decide to make a career change versus jobs I would love to do if such jobs even existed and if I have the skill/creativity to do them.
Bookish Jobs I Would Love to Have
Semi-Realistic Ones Based on My Actual Skill Set:
1. Any job in publishing – If I could go back in time and plot a different career path for myself, I definitely would have loved to go into publishing and relocate to New York.
2. Librarian – Another option I would love since it would mean interacting with readers all day and helping them find books I hope they will love.
3. Book Shop Owner, ideally the owner of a shop that is part bookstore, part wine bar or bakery – Same as number 2, but with the added bonus of food and/or wine.
4. Literary Agent – What a thrill it would be to discover and represent new authors!
5. Elementary School Reading Teacher – While I was a teacher many years ago, I was a high school English teacher. If I could go back and do things differently, I think I would have loved teaching young children the joys of reading.
Dream Jobs If They Actually Exist and/or I Actually Had the Skill to Do Them:
6. Professional Bookworm – Who wouldn’t want to get paid to just read all day?
7. Book Cover Designer – If I had any artistic ability, this would be such an amazing job.
8. Book Club Coordinator – This doesn’t really exist but I think it would be so much fun to help people who are looking for book clubs to find one that is perfect for them.
9. Designer of Bookish Merchandise – There’s just something about bookish merch that brings me so much joy so I really wish I had the artistic talent to design and sell merch of my own.
10. College Professor who specializes in teaching Contemporary Romance – I think this one springs from both my love of contemporary romance novels and my desire to defend the genre against those who always belittle it.
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