School careers counselling left a lot to be desired when I was at school.
When I grow up I want to be a . . . . . shop assistant/nurse/teacher/secretary and not much else on offer. There are jobs out there that just never got a look in. I often think for instance that I would have been good working in film continuity, as I have that sort of eye for detail. The only “out of the box” ambition I ever nursed was when I announced to my parents that I wanted to be a “call girl”. Apparently i thought that was the name of the person who worked backstage in the theatre knocking on dressing room doors to summon actors to the stage. I don’t think they corrected me – it would have been too difficult to explain.
My friend, Jejune, writes word puzzles for a living which sounds a fascinating job to me, and just up my street. She’s currently working on a commission to write “Word Searches for Dummies”, which means she’s compiling puzzles from dawn till dusk at the moment.
She’s written a really interesting blog explaining how she actually puts a puzzle together. I found it intriguing. Go and have a look.
She’s also carried her job into her hobby by knitting this terrific Crossword Bag too. And it’s multi-national – one side is a British/Australian crossword layout and the other is the American design. One clever lady!
“When I grow up, I want to be a crossword compiler and knitter”. I don’t know what advice the careers counsellor would have offered but I wish I’d thought of that!