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Dream Jobs For Boys!

Jobs For The Boys!

When you're a kid there are oodles of jobs that look instantly appealing. Fireman, policeman and pilot all spring instantly to mind. Maybe it's the uniforms? Perhaps it's the pay? Nah, we want to do these jobs because they're exciting. Who wants to be Jim from Accounts when you can be Firefighter Smith or Captain Jones?

The times they are a-changing though, and while our selection of dream jobs for men does include one or two of the usual suspects, we've found that these days many of us yearn for a vocation that's rather less obvious than being a member of the Red Arrows or the SAS.

Sure, kids still plump for real-life action man roles, but those of us who've been forced to face the real world of gainful employment, with all of its ups and downs, aspire to quite a few jobs that aren't exactly living on the edge. You might not be dodging bullets behind enemy lines or beating back the flames to rescue stricken families in most of these roles, but our offbeat dream jobs are a hell of a lot of fun.

Take the essence of what appeals about being a soldier, put it into a blender, and out comes a mercenary. Thrill-seekers and adrenaline-junkies will love the unorthodox work divvied out to these guys. You'll spend time blazing your way through the most obscure of locations, dealing with all sorts of baddies from crackpot military regimes through to drug-crazed freedom fighters. Take the rule-book, tear it up and use it for extra padding in your Kevlar flak jacket. You'll need it.

Playing video games is one thing, but if you're a fan of that then imagine what a dream come true it would be to design the things. It's creative, it's a laugh and working alongside your fellow gamers in a development team is as close to heaven as you can get. Especially if you grew up welded to a games console. Better still, many roles in the games industry pay a healthy wedge of cash too, so as jobs for blokes go, there doesn't seem to be much of a downside to this one.

The secret services have been recruiting it seems, so nowadays bagging this plumb job isn't just aimed at budding James Bond-types. Modern-day secret service work requires less of the suave sophistication of the movie hero. Oh, and there's a lot more paperwork involved. However, get a foot in the door round at MI5 and you'll doubtless have access to a fabulous selection of high-tech gadgetry, fast cars and unlimited Martinis. Shaken, not stirred, naturally.



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