The Weirdest Graduate Jobs You Didn’t Know Existed
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The Weirdest Graduate Jobs You Didn’t Know Existed

Maddy Burgess March 13, 2023

It’s fair to say that most graduates go for standard jobs they’ve been working towards – doctors or teachers or even more generic jobs like recruitment consultants and management roles. However, there are some interesting options out there if you’re not sure what you want to do. Not everyone wants an office job or your standard 9-5 so here are some of the weirdest graduate jobs you probably didn’t know existed.

Food Stylist

If you’ve done a creative degree and you’re into your food, this would be a great option for you. According to BBC Good Food, a food stylist “helps to create the kind of irresistible images that make you want to lick the page they’re printed on.” You basically style and photograph food to help advertise it. It’s perfect for marketing or culinary graduates, but it’s a job that any creative person would be good at.

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Rollercoaster Engineer

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If you’re an engineering graduate who wants a job that’s more on the fun side of things, where every day is different, this might be for you. A roller coaster engineer is a certified engineer who designs, builds and maintains amusement park rides. Despite the name, a roller coaster engineer typically designs all types of rides, including roller coasters, Ferris wheels and carousels. This is a great job for thrill seekers or aren’t after your everyday 9 to 5.

Ethical Hacker

An ethical hacker is a person who hacks into a computer network in order to test or evaluate its security, rather than with malicious or criminal intent. Computer science graduates, this is for you. Why not do everything you’ve been taught not to do, except it’s legal? It’s definitely not the average day job and can even lead to pretty high up jobs.

Teaching English abroad

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Another option graduates should always consider is getting out of the UK. You don’t have to limit yourself to jobs here.

Get a TEFL (Teaching English as a foreign language) qualification and you’re set to go anywhere you’d like. So many companies are looking for graduates to join. This is also a great opportunity to travel and see the world whilst working.

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Madison Burgess is a final year journalism student at the University of Sheffield. As well as writing for Freshered, she is the Editor-in-Chief of Liberty Belle Magazine, a student-run publication. She is currently freelancing and has written for publications such as the Sheffield Star, Reader's Digest and Pick Me Up! Magazine. She is working towards her NCTJ qualification and her favourite topics to write about are lifestyle, entertainment and fashion.