Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by Bionic Bookworm, and it’s now hosted by Meeghan Reads. If you’re interested in participating, check out their wonderful blog to get the details and the prompts for each week!
This week’s prompt is jobs that only exist in books. This was such a fun topic to brainstorm and write about because there are so many fictional jobs out there.
President of the Galaxy from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
In The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Zaphod Beeblebrox briefly serves as President of the Galaxy. The role of President of the Galaxy is a role with no power and it’s meant to stop people from wondering who is really in charge. This sounds like it has the potential to be a very stressful job, even if it comes with zero power.
Unicorn Rider from Skandar the the Unicorn Thief by A.F. Steadman
In Skandar and the Unicorn Thief, thirteen year olds are tested to see if they qualify to train as a unicorn rider. If they make it, they travel to the island and start their training. Unicorn riding involves flying and battles, but it also involves the general care for the magical creatures like grooming and training them. I prefer to keep both of my feet on the ground, but this does sound like an exhilarating career. If you’re interested, here’s my review of Skandar and the Unicorn Thief.
Lost-and-Founder from Malamander by Thomas Taylor
In Malamander, Herbie Lemon is the Lost-and-Founder at the Grand Nautilus Hotel. This job is so much more than clerking the lost-and-found desk at a hotel. Herbie meticulously documents every item that comes into the lost-and-foundery and keeps them safe until they can be reunited with their owner. Herbie is a special kind of lost-and-founder because he also tries to help Violet, who is lost, become found. If you’re interested, here’s my review of Malamander.
Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth from The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune
In the House in the Cerulean Sea, Linus Baker works as a case worker at the Department in Charge of Magical Youth. This is mostly a boring desk job, with a bit of field work. What makes this job special is the youth that he is dealing with are all magical in some way. While the paperwork involved with this job would be a bore, never knowing what you’re going to encounter could be quite fun.
Agent at the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs in Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston
In Amari and the Night Brothers, Amari is trying out for a position at the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs. This Bureau deals with all things supernatural, things that are going on around us that we don’t know about. This is a highly competitive field and only a few applicants are accepted as junior agents every year. If you’re interested, here’s my review of Amari and the Night Brothers.