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Jun/18

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World Cup Star’s Unbelievable Previous Jobs

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The World Cup is in full swing and naturally, it’s the talk of the office. This got us thinking about how we can tie the blog into this month-long Fiesta of Football. So we’ve been trawling the internet for stories of some of the stars at this summers’ tournament who’ve had some unexpected career paths.

Jamie Vardy

The most famous example of this is England striker Jamie Vardy, who had a variety of jobs in his early 20’s as he plied his trade in the Non-League, as low as Division 8. Most notably whilst at Halifax, he would work night shifts in a local factory producing medical splints. Handing his notice in to concentrate on Football he was offered a professional contract at Fleetwood Town a week later.

Nick Pope

Sticking with England, uncapped Burnley ‘keeper Nick Pope worked 4am shifts as a milkman as a 17-year-old after being released by Ipswich Town. He used the extra money to commute to training with Bury Town, now 26 he could be set for an appearance at the World Cup, after starting the season without a Premier League appearance.

Gabriel Jesus

Manchester City and Brazil striker Gabriel Jesus is likely to be one of the standout players of the tournament, and whilst only 21, he has also experienced a career away from Football. Whilst a youth player at Palmeiras he worked painting the streets of his local neighbourhood in 2014, in preparation for the last World Cup. He now has a mural on the walls of a housing block in the same district, which you can see here.

Carlos Bacca

The Colombia and AC Milan striker is now one of the most reliable goal scorers in Europe. Having signed his first contact with local side Atletico Junior he needed extra work to help support his family. He worked as a fisherman in Puerto Colombia and as a Bus Driver’s assistant, before a move to Belgium in 2011 allowed him to focus solely on Football.

Hannes Thor Halldorsson

Iceland’s number 1 goalkeeper nearly gave up Football at the age of 20 to focus entirely on being a Film Director. He has worked on TV and Cinema and even won awards for his productions, which he is still involved with to this day, despite being professional since 2014.

Iceland are undoubtedly the kings in this department. For instance, manager Heimir Hallgrimsson, not content with overseeing the fortunes of his nation in their first World Cup; is still a practising Dentist in his local village. Right Back Birkir Saevarsson has been working as a Salt Packer in the off-season, to stop himself ‘getting lazy’ just before the World Cup!

We hope you enjoyed some of the unusual careers that some of the players have had, let us know if you’ve heard any others during the tournament.

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Jun/18

14

World Cup 2018 – Getting The Office Involved

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It’s a football fan’s dream month and every employer’s worst nightmare. 64 games in 30 days may prove to be a little distracting for even the most dedicated worker. So there are many businesses quite rightly worried about a slump in performance, and potentially attendance, during this feast of football.

However, the best advice is to embrace the month (if England sticks to recent tournament form you will only need to cater for 3 or 4 games anyway). So things are already looking up, or down, depending on your perspective. The reality is that most of the country will be hooked if England do make it to the Knockout stages, so here are some ideas to ensure your office is fully in the spirit from Day 1.

Office Sweepstake

The easiest way to promote the football fever is through a sweepstake. There are loads of templates online to help with the time-consuming aspect. The sweepstake can promote friendly competition throughout the office and provide those with little interest an incentive to keep abreast of the scores, (and not be completely bored when the talk of the office is last nights’ riveting 1-1 draw between Sweden and South Korea, for example).

It may also provide some humour, the unfortunate soul who bags 1000-1 outsiders Panama will certainly be under no illusions of their chances. They’ll have the last laugh if Roman Torres scores another last minute winner, we’ve all been warned.

Here at Ambitions loads of us are taking part in an in-house prediction league throughout the tournament. There is a prize for the eventual winner, and the potential of 2 years’ worth of bragging rights, so plenty to play for.

Decorate!

Any excuse for bunting generally goes down quite well. In 2014 some offices around the world went all out for the event. Perhaps people can bake cakes and decorate in a football theme, or dress down Fridays can be based around football. There are plenty of ways to make the office environment befitting of the occasion.

If you can’t beat them…

Join them! If your workplace is full of England fans then the opening game against Tunisia on Monday 18th June at 7pm is perfectly scheduled. You and your colleagues can go and cheer on the Three Lions and hopefully work better afterwards. If you’re an employer it may provide a very affordable and effective team building exercise. If your workplace is backing someone else during the tournament then all the fixtures are available here.

Good luck to whoever you’re backing, let us know how your office is getting involved!

 

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Jun/18

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5 Unbelievable Jobs Which Really Do Exist

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For most of us, at some point between the childhood hopes of ‘when I grow up I want to be…’ and becoming an adult, reality kicks in and those dreams of becoming an astronaut/pop star/professional footballer are long forgotten.

If you’re having one of those days where you’re fed up of the daily grind and are longing for a drastic change, just remember that there are people out there who have made their dreams a reality and can really put these job titles on their CV.

(warning: prepare for serious job envy)

Waterslide Tester

Sebastian Smith from Somerset made headlines back in 2013 when he landed a job as a Waterslide Tester! Not only did he get to travel the world on an all-expenses-paid basis, he received a salary of £20,000 for the pleasure.

Netflix Tagger

In short, these people are paid to binge watch Netflix all day. Sounds like something a lot of us do for free, right? Well, the job is a little more serious than that, these people add the metadata to Netflix’s shows and movies which makes them easier to find and give more relevant suggestions based on what people have watched.  It’s been likened to being a librarian.

Panda Nanny

Based in China, a Panda Protection Centre has actually been recruiting for ‘Panda Nannies’. Admittedly, with over 100,000 applications, competition was tough.  The actual job description wasn’t clear, but would definitely involve playing with and cuddling real life actual Pandas. Enough for anyone to be on the first flight to Chengdu.

Professional Bed Tester

‘Bed Tester’, ‘Duvet and Pillow Tester’, ‘Director of Sleep’; all of these have been real job titles for people. Manufacturers and hotel chains have all paid people to sleep, and then write about and rate their experiences.  Alternatively, a hotel chain made the news when they were looking for professional bed warmers; people who are paid to warm up a guest’s bed before they get in!

Chocolate Taster

Got a sweet tooth? This one could be for you! A well-known chocolate brand needed someone to test out a range of chocolate and cocoa beverage products, with a passion for confectionary being an essential requirement! Unsurprisingly, another job with tough competition, it became the 5th most viewed job on Linked In and attracted over 6000 applications.

Have you got a dream job that isn’t on the list? Let us know in the comments below.

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