Is There Such a Thing as a Sexy Job?

Hiya,
We had the neigbour's teenager son over for dinner tonight and the conversation somehow turned to jobs and what he's looking for in one. His one and only requirement is that it needs to be something "cool" and that will turn him into a chick-magnet.

My wife's tongue-in-cheek suggestion was to become a barista … which got me into thinking: is there really a job/jobs that are universally regarded as cool or sexy? Are you in one of those jobs?

If not,what was your criteria for the choice of a career?

Poll for fun: Do you like your current job?

JJB

Poll Options

  • 113
    Yes, love it. It's my dream job!
  • 283
    Meh, it's not bad. Pays the bill.
  • 69
    No, it's soul destroying!
  • 13
    Other

Comments

  • +12 votes

    Instagram influencer?

    • +90 votes

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      It pays well too. The mrs sort of did that while she was on maternity leave and got so much stuff for free!

      • +10 votes

        To explain , she started by posting photos for our friends and families and then chronicled her surprised pregnancy after we were told that we wouldn't be able to have another child following a miscarriage. It was just a distraction for her and she probably also enjoyed connecting with other mothers. Some companies started sending her stuff to try and she would recommend the ones that she did like or found useful and returned the ones that she didn't.

        Once the bub was here , she felt pressured to post more and more photos of him and sell products that she didn't believe in and got out of the game.

        So, while she never got paid, she did get quite a few things - mostly maternity wear and baby and nursery stuff. I can see how, if someone was so inclined, they could make a decent living out of being an insta influencer.

        • +15 votes

          You got the baby, which was the biggest prize. We have some friends of my brothers, who are currently “with child” and had been written off as well. Miracles sometimes happen.

        • +1 vote

          Not sure why you were even downvoted. As you've discovered there are perks to being an influencer and they're not always the sad case that subywagpn mentioned.

          Alternatively be an OzBargain influencer. There are dozens of them here.

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            @Clear: Clear the reason is that without the qualifying comment it sounded like his wife was one of those vapid self absorbed people who threaten business into giving them free products.

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          You can't make a living out of baby products. Which bank accepts those as mortgage payments?

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            @Quantumcat: You can get paid too for product endorsements. We didn't need the money and my wife's far too ethical for her own good.

            An example of what you can achieve if you put the effort into it: misskyreeloves she quit her office job to become a full-time insta influencer and it looks like it's working for her.

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              @Jar Jar binks: Mmmm pimping out your children for free stuff, nice.

              • +10 votes

                @brendanm: This is ozbargain: people would sell their own mother for freebies on here :b

                Financially, we're doing alright. We didn't need the freebies. Writing reviews and posting pics were something my wife did to take her mind off how her last pregnancy ended. Once our little boy was born, she didn't need the distraction anymore.

                I should probably add that my wife was also completing her PhD in maths on a scholarship at the time. Previously she was a social worker and before that worked as a business analyst. She's not one of those inanely vapid insta influencers who have no other job avenues. She's highly employable and always was.

                • +2 votes

                  @Jar Jar binks:

                  This is ozbargain: people would sell their own mother for freebies on here

                  Bargain removed: insufficient quantity.

                  Maybe we should get a few people together… 🤔

                  PhD in maths

                  Ooh! Tell me more? What area?

                  • +1 vote

                    @therog1: Algebra and number theory or like the cool kids call it "Algrebraic number theory". You?

                    • +2 votes

                      @Jar Jar binks: Nice! Bit different from social Work and BA! Why did she do it, and is she doing something with it now?

                      I did statistics. No PhD (yet?), but apparently I have the sexiest job of the 21st century. Please don't tell your neighbour ;) one day I might do an AMA

                      • +5 votes

                        @therog1: She didn't know what she wanted to do when she was 17 and enrolled in a double degree at uni. She took the first job that she was offered as we got married young and needed the money.But she quickly grew bored of being a business analyst and started volunteering at a school for children with special needs on her days off.

                        She enjoyed it so much, and wanting to make the world a better place, went back to uni to complete a masters in social work. She started out as a Child protection officer for a year or so, did some outreach work and then moved on to working primarily with victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. Almost a decade later , she just wasn't the same optimistically idealist person she was when she went in. Was it Nietzsche that said , "if you stare into the abyss for too long, the abyss starts staring back at you"? Well, that.

                        Not too sure how the Phd in Maths came about but she was always really good at solving equations.She said she felt so much peace locked in that tiny little cubicle, away from the chaos of the world and the demands that everyone makes on her, just picking at what I imagine is a giant sudoku of the universe (not too sure what a PhD in Maths actually involves to be honest🤷‍♂️).But I assume that algebraic equations are a lot easier to solve than people and , that unlike many of my wife's ex-clients, they don't self-sabotage.

                        She's using her maths and people skills in her current job and enjoying it for now. She is however planning to go back to uni to teach and do more research. I think she misses being in that tiny, womb-like little cubicle that they call faculty staff offices.

                        P.s: Congrats on having the sexiest job in the world! My neighbour's son is unfortunately not mathematically-inclined.

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                          @Jar Jar binks: I think I know what she’s getting at. I do some volunteering which brings me into contact to various elements of the underclass with substance abuse issues. There is no way you can change their lives unless they want to which they don’t. A some point I was going to study social work because it was a short cut to therapy instead of going through psych but decided not because I’d be JAF after a couple of years. I’m self studying maths so it’s controllable and predicable instead of having to deal with people.

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                  @Jar Jar binks: I don't mean you, I mean the one you linked above. Can't stand Instagram, Facebook etc.

        • +1 vote

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    • +12 votes

      I actually saw one once out the front of Universal Studio with a camera set up at the planet fountain trying to take the "perfect" picture while we were lined up before opening. He looked super stressed trying to get the photo right, then the fake smile would come on in front of the camera, then back to stressed and depressed checking the photos. I really doubt he had a good time that day, on his own just trying to take fake pics of himself having a "good" time. Looked really lonely to me…

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      It'll make your motorbike accidents look like a fall onto a softly lined blanket of pillows (hunk included)!

      https://www.pedestrian.tv/news/influencer-accident-2019/

  • +18 votes

    Asstronaut.

    Sexitery.

    Woodworker.

    Nurse.

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    women, which professions would you find attractive?
    I can't answer this.

    • +9 votes

      I can't answer this

      pffft! It's obviously the professions that bring back the biggest paychecks! :p

    • +6 votes

      Woman's perspective: It's not the job that makes it sexy, it' seeing how passionate/driven you are about your chosen career.

      My partner is in a role that definitely doesn't sound sexy, but I LOVE hearing him talk about his work because he's so excited about it.

      Someone hating their job but not trying to change it is a massive turn off.

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        What if a man is really good at what he does but hates it deeply, and one day realises he has enough money to no longer give a shit and then mentally checks out and starts to coast, not attending meetings, ignoring emails from the boss, rolling his eyes at work calls, etc.

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          Refer to bottom line of my above comment.

          Just my personal opinion however, there are other aspects of our life that we both hate and get lots of fun out of bitching about it together but make no major effort to change - compulsory social engagements, toxic mates, the government…

  • +54 votes

    Your neighbor’s son sounds like an inexperienced fool (pretty much anyone that age has no idea about the job market). A job doesn’t make you sexy - your own confidence and attitude to whatever you do make you sexy.

    • +7 votes

      Unless you're a fireman. I heard a 6-pack and biceps are standard issue.

    • +1 vote

      Unpopular information inbound.

      No, being sexy is.

      Be.

      Well spoken and interesting.
      Handsome. (your face)
      Tall. (5’11” - 6’4”)
      Well ‘built’ (but not a body builder)
      Not an douchebag.
      One who has their life on track.

      Don’t be a financial disaster, make enough to live your (realistic) version of a comfortable life and most people won’t care how you make your money.

      Being broke will hurt you more than being rich will help you.

      • +1 vote

        Unpopular information inbound.

        In what way was this remotely "unpopular"?

        • +1 vote

          I see the things I mentioned as roughly being in order of importance, so have a good face and be tall are towards the top of the list.

          Many people will say to be sexy be yourself, be confident, own your flaws, I agree you should do/be these things, but sexy alone they do not make.

          I haven’t done it recently, but google what blogs say is attractive/sexy, much will be what I assume you will consider BS.

          Usually (not always) they will be targeted on things you have control over, no point making articles telling you about things you can’t change.

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        Tall. (5’11” - 6’4”) - what do these mysterious codes mean?

        • +2 votes

          Hmm, be 1.8 to 1.93 Metres tall.

          I feel bad, I jokingly chastised someone this morning for using imperial units, but the technically correct unit is not necessarily the one to use, a unit familiar to your audience should always be considered.

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        But I'm 5'10" :(

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          That’s also totally fine, it’s not a test to ride the vomit machine at a carnival, how about I put it another way.

          Do not be under 5’8”

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              @Eeples: Put in greater effort than your peers to succeed in dating.

              We are talking sexy here, animal attraction.

              You can be super handsome at 5’8” and be a successful dating machine, but go too much under that hight and you look like a boy amongst men, a Manlet is the term I think.

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        Handsome. (your face)

        Ahhh fork. I've always been told I have handsome wrists. Maybe ankles also but never the face.

      • +1 vote

        Handsome. (your face)

        Why the need to specify face? Is there any other parts of the male body that you would describe as handsome?🤨

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          Why the need to specify face? Is there any other parts of the male body that you would describe as handsome?🤨

          I never cease to be amazed at how people interpret things in ways contrary to my intention, or reply with statements that sidestep my premise, as such I attempt to be specific and leave as little leeway for error as I can, mainly with written items.

          The sentence was also meant to carry a subtle PC undertone, that having an attractive face is crucial, and is a prerequisite on top of other factors.

          To be sexy.

          Edit, unsure of other sexy areas apart from wrists and ankles.

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            @Croshema: I was hoping you would say 'hands':(

            My one and only vanity are my handsome, handsome, hands. They are my pride and joy. I am the son of an artist and an ob-gyn, you see, and I have inherited some darn fine hands from my parents. In another time, in another life, I could have been a hand model but sadly, life and love have led me astray on another path…

            Ps: I actually have nice hands, a little callused after building a treehouse for my kids and clearing the backyard for a BBQ/seating area but still nice. If anything,the callouses add to their attractions, for not only are these hands handsome and elegant but they are also clever 😀

            PPS: If my wife is reading this I would like, nay I demand, that she compliments me on them when she gets home!

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        6’4???! That's way too tall.
        I'm 5'4 (average height for girls)and I think 5'9 to 5'11 is perfect- any guys taller than 6ft would just dwarf me (and cause neck strain).
        Basically my rule of thumb is my own height aka 162cm + 8cm heels (maximum I'd ever wear) + 5cm to be able to reach a higher shelf = 175cm.

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          All excellent points, but 6’4” was the edge of my range, so i’m not advocating that as perfection, gave a 6’2 mate a wtf yesterday when he was saying he wants to be 6’4”, especially when he was complaining to much shorter me.

          I must note that at 175cm in hight (shoes on) I have been mocked for being short by my last two partners, outside of absolute measurements not many people want then shortest boyfriend in a room.

    • +2 votes

      He's a teen.

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      Based on what I see in the media, being rich is a sexy job. His goal was to get attention from the females based solely on profession.

      I know ladies whose eyes will light up when they hear "doctor" or "lawyer". A guy who is "so-so" gets an insane power up from this. I think it's mainly prestige and money that that kind want though. Then again entirely depends on the type of female (or how many) he wants to attract..

  • +5 votes

    turn him into a chick-magnet

    Another way of looking at it is supply and demand for M/W in particular jobs or at employer for particular job. If he works in a job predominately with females, then his chances of being a chick magnet are higher - e.g. child care.

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      This is perfect friend zone material imo. It means most of your friends/colleagues are female which can be slightly off putting for romance, but they will see you in a nice light.

  • +4 votes

    is there really a job/jobs that are universally regarded as cool or sexy?

    Fireman? Hollywood actor? Gangster? Star athlete?

  • +3 votes

    Escorts

    • +2 votes

      Think you've got the causation the wrong way around with that one - sexy ==> escort. Not sure working as one when you're not already sexy will turn you sexy as opposed to just poor….

  • +12 votes

    Pizza delivery, pool boy, driving instructor, etc.

  • +7 votes

    Was waiting to see if someone would say 'scientist'… :( Someday a lab coat-wearing scientist will save the world, not some capped superhero. How is that not sexy?

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      Unfortunately hollywood's sold you a dud on that one. It's the adrenaline rush that's associated with hollywood-style saving the world that's sexy, not the actual lives saved. =/

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        I could always work for the bad guys 🤔would that be sexier? The pay would definitely be better and so would the perks.

    • +1 vote

      Sexy scientist.

      Sexy 9 seater people mover.

      I think the second one may actually happen first.

      • +1 vote

        I wouldn't discount the power of alliteration so quickly, if I was you. "Sexy, Sexy, Scientist". . See! Just rolls off the tongue 😝 sounds even better when my wife says it with her French accent.

        Which reminds me of that movie where one sexy scientist says to the other : "Is that a magnetic wrench in your level B PPE or are you just happy to see my array?" 👍

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      *caped not capped. Autocorrect sucks.

    • +1 vote

      If it makes you feel better, I'm a scientist and I consider myself sexy.*

      *all views expressed are my own and do not represent the opinions of others

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      Nerds are hot, it comes down to preference though. Or when they make more popular TV series about scientists :)

  • +4 votes

    Working in education policy is almost like being a gigalo. Actually, not really - no models and bottles except excel models and bottled frustration.

  • +1 vote

    Bra fitter

  • +3 votes

    Bikies

  • +5 votes

    FBI

    Federal Bikini Inspector

  • +5 votes

    Probably a job where you feel secure and confident in yourself and your abilities?

  • +18 votes

    Accountant

  • +1 vote

    I have noticed that baristas can be very attractive and it makes you think that maybe they don't realise how attractive they are so they settled for a job that's not easy or high paying. Wouldn't an ugly person be able to make a coffee just as well as them?

    • +4 votes

      Maybe the ugly people are too busy doing all the high stress corporate jobs that don’t enable them to enjoy their lifestyle? My little sister is a barrister and she’s gorgeous and smart. Every time I try to convince her to go for a ‘better’ job she says “And be locked down like you?“. She’s been overseas multiple times in the last couple of years, doesn’t have any debt and has just booked her trip to India with friends for 3 months. If anything I’m jealous.

      • +12 votes

        What's wrong with being a barrister? Do you think she could be partner in the firm or something. Are you just a common law lawyer who finds people looking down on them, at least within your family law dynasty?

      • +2 votes

        I love it how your comment/anecdote could potentially describe both barristas and barristers.

    • +26 votes

      Speaking from my own point of view at least, if a man can't write coherently that's a mark off their attractiveness.

      • +12 votes

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