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11 Jobs with better benefits than you’d expect

If you don’t love your job, perhaps it’s time to consider a change to a more rewarding career. And while there are many jobs that are ultimately rewarding in a non-tangible sense, here are a bunch where the tangible rewards, i.e. benefits, are non-standard.

In the interest of full disclosure, some of these jobs require some form of further study or industry experience. However, a surprising amount of them aren’t majorly dependent on prerequisites, meaning they are legitimate options for someone who needs a career change and doesn’t want to wait too long to make a splash in a new industry.

1. The Australian Defence Force

If this is something you hadn’t previously considered, you might find yourself giving this career path some serious thought once we tell you about all of the opportunities that come with joining the Defence Force in Australia. The Australian Defence Force offers an array of benefits like educational opportunities, multiple career paths, and the opportunity to travel. If the idea of doing things you’ve never dreamt of, pushing yourself and personal development are something you look for in a career, a role in the ADF is worth exploring. Plus, it will keep you in shape, give you the opportunity to be a leader, and allow time for what is important — your family.

2. Ushering

The best thing about being an usher is you pretty much get paid to attend concerts, shows and performances. Sure, you’ll have to stand for long periods of time, but that would totally be doable if you actually got to work Usher’s concert, right?

3. Nannying

Working as a nanny is not easy — long days are often involved, you’ll likely have to work weekends and holidays, and there will be times where your interaction with adults is limited. However, being a nanny for a family can quite often mean when that family travels, so do you. Not a bad perk at all.

4. Teaching

Teachers don’t have it easy by any means. Being responsible for the safety, behaviour and, most importantly, education of impressionable young people is a mammoth task and teachers certainly deserve our respect and gratitude for all that they do. The upshot of this career path, though? We have just four words for you: Twelve weeks annual leave. Enough said.

5. Working as a tour guide

There are certainly some downsides to working as a tour guide — having to juggle large groups of people of varying ages, language abilities and expectations, being responsible for making bookings, and having to troubleshoot a bunch of traveller issues. But all of that seems greatly outweighed by the fact that when you work as a tour guide, you usually get to base yourself in a pretty cool location, you get to do a whole heap of travel and when the tour group gets free time, so does the guide.

6. Working in a zoo

It’s unlikely you’ll immediately become a zookeeper, but Australia’s zoos offer a wide variety of career opportunities and you might be surprised to find you are actually already qualified for a number of the jobs on offer. Each zoo in Australia offers its own unique benefits to employees that are certainly not considered standard, but the best and most universal benefit of working in a zoo? The zoo would be your office and that seems pretty cool to us.

7. Winemaking

There is a science to winemaking, so there is a level of specific education required for this to be a viable career option, but the benefit of being a winemaker is a truly sensational one: You get to sample wine, lots of it and often.

8. Working as a travel agent

It certainly seems to us that being a travel agent would be a little depressing given they’re constantly planning other people’s holidays instead of actually going on holiday themselves. But when travel agents do decide to take themselves on a trip, they can typically expect to enjoy discounted flights and hotel stays. Plus, hotels, tour companies and airlines — all businesses that rely to some extent on travel agents recommending them to customers — usually offer “familiarisation trips” to travel agents.

9. Working as a radio presenter

Some people are pretty into the idea of working on television, and while we can certainly see the appeal of that career path, we think radio is where it’s at. There are some pretty awful hours you might have to work (you know, the kind that require you to arise from your slumber at 3 a.m.), but no-one can see you, so there’s no need to put any effort into your appearance. If you choose to wear pyjama pants to work, no-one will know or care.

10. Teaching people to ski

If you’re an accomplished skier, then you might consider spending your days chasing the snow. Most ski instructors will travel based on where in the world it is winter at any given time. France, Switzerland, New Zealand, the U.S., Canada and Japan are just some of the amazing places you might find yourself each year if you decide to give this snowy career path a go.

11. Working as a food critic

This is a real dream, we know. But can you imagine being paid to eat? Sounds like heaven.

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This post was brought to you by the Australian Defence Force.

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