I tend to approach questions like this in a strangely literal way.Unlike other bloggers and vloggers, my mind immediately went to fictional jobs that I thought I’d actually be able to manage in real life. There is actually nothing in the topic itself that calls for your actual ability to do the job, but for some reason how realistic the job would be for me has become inextricably linked to the jobs I would want.
It was actually very, very difficult for me to come up with a list of five. Many of the books I read are realistic fiction or YA books, so the characters either have a real job or are still in school. Most of the fantasy books I read don’t have jobs necessarily (ie. Narnia), or the jobs available are ones that don’t interest me much. I don’t have much interest in jobs that involve a lot of violence or that maintain a corrupt system (ie. The Gamemakers in the Hunger games).
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In no particular order, here are the jobs I would love to have:
1) Hogwarts Professor (Harry Potter)
This is probably going to be a pretty common choice, but I would love to be a professor at Hogwarts. Specifically, I’d be interested in something like Charms or possibly Care of Magical Creatures. Transfiguration could be interesting also, but it always seems so difficult! I definitely don’t have the patience for Potions.
2) Pokemon Trainer (Pokemon)
This is one of the few choices that completely goes against what I would really want to do. I don’t really enjoy being outdoors all the time, and I like exploring like a trainer would a lore more in theory than I think I would in actual practice. However, I’ve always thought it would so much fun to explore the world and discover different kinds of Pokemon.
3) Watchers Council Member (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
On the other hand, this was one that was based heavily on what I thought would be most realistic. I disagree with a lot of the politics that the Watchers’ Council was involved in throughout the show, such as putting Buffy through ridiculously difficult tests, especially in Season 5. I would much rather be a Watcher than a Slayer because I think I would actually enjoy all the research involved. I don’t know if this is true for all Watchers, but I’d want to be a Watcher like Giles, who had access to a massive library with tons of research, and had the chance to try a bit of magic occasionally too. I think it would be really interesting to research all the demon lore!
4) Chocolate Factory Employee (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
I’m a bit on the fence about this one, since I’m pretty sure it would mean that I have to be an Oompa Loompa. I wouldn’t necessarily want to be an Oompa Loompa, but I think it would be a lot of fun to help make some of the strange candy that Wonka makes. I love chocolate, so I think it would be pretty cool to be involved in making it. Plus free samples would be nice! Although I guess after a while, I’d get pretty sick of chocolate and candy.
5) Teacher at Charles Xavier’s School (X-Men)
I wouldn’t necessarily want to be in the X-Men myself since it is much too violent and dangerous for my liking, but I think it would be really cool to be a teacher and help the younger mutants learn to control their abilities. This may be a bit of a cheat, since it is not too far off being a Hogwarts Professor. Dealing with regular teenagers would be hard enough, but teenagers who have special powers that they may or may not be able to control would definitely be a challenge!