Read this and have a laugh but believe me, joblessness can drive a young man to the very depths of frustration. Are you looking for a job? Here are ten jobs that you may want to try before you claim there are no jobs left in the world. All of them pay less than what Triond pays in a month but the frustration that they build, the pain that they fetch may be enough to drive you insane.
I had just finished high school. In my country, students have to wait for close to two years before joining public universities. At seventeen and with a financially, emotionally and physically absent father, and a mother unable to make ends meet, I had to settle for very frustrating jobs that eventually made me who I am. These remain the ten most frustrating jobs I have ever done.
- Waiting tables – I know you will say that isn’t bad at all, but in a third world economy, dangerously plummeting towards fourth world status, a young man grappling with waiting tables in restaurants, dishwashing and stocking the fire pays less than a dollar a day and can be very frustrating, but I had to do it to feed and dress not only myself but my siblings as well. The job description included cleaning the whole place and being sent on errands all over.
- Building and repairing dog kennels – This is one of those duties which however well you do, however good your finishing, the fat dog owner will never appreciate and she will make sure that after her dogs, most of my clients were female, defecate all over the kennel, she will want it painted because that was part of your duty. Ugh!
- Selling calculators – I don’t know how salesmen make a living out of the hard to come by commissions but I respect them a great deal for that. I saw an advertisement for salesmanship of ‘fast moving consumer goods’ and felt like trying my hand at this well paying job. They trained me and gave me a box of calculators on which I was to earn 5% commission. I went round the entire town from door to door and managed to sell one calculator. The following day, nothing and in fact businessmen were wondering why I had come back when they had made it clear that they needed no calculator. Guess what I did? I went and dumped the remaining 49 pieces on the manager’s doorstep and vamoosed.
- Milking cattle – I agreed to try my hand at this despite my lack of experience. My mum had always told me that exotic breeds were not as uncontrollable as our indigenous ones. Well, I did accept. My first attempt came a cropper because I couldn’t direct the milk away from my armpits and into the milk container. At the end of the exercise I was completely drenched and had managed a liter instead of the usual 20!
- Offering tuition to poor students – This was the darkest job and one that I held for a long time. Living in very poor surroundings, parents couldn’t pay as little as 2 dollars a month for 60 hours of my time! Being poor myself and willing to help my fellow poor children, I held on for a year, doing it from my bedroom until I joined university and left them to their fate. I still command respect among those I took through their final year of either primary or high school but when I remember the times, when I remember how some parents paid in kind (eggs, flour and vegetables) I find it very frustrating!
- Cockroach and rat killer – This was a freelance position that involved hunting down all the rats and cockroaches in houses for a fee. Together with a colleague, we had to arm ourselves with clubs and sticks together with a fumigant and go for the rodents’ throats. Some were rather stubborn however much we tried chasing them and sentencing them to death but eventually we managed almost 90% success and managed to build a name.
- Mole trapping – Moles are rodents which can prove more notorious that the most obstinate of rats. At one time when the rat business wasn’t doing very well, we had to start trapping moles to save farmers’ harvests. We went round the estate offering ours services for ‘free’, meaning that the victim of mole invasion only paid if we managed to arrest any mole from his farm. Howe frustrating it was to set the traps and wait for three days before catching anything!
- Stone dressing – You must be wondering how I managed to dress stones. In quarries where I lived, they used to employ stone dressing experts that were to shape stones and give them a smoother finish for building purposes. The harder part wasn’t the dressing itself but transporting those twenty seven inch stones uphill from the quarry was the mother of all frustration!
- Sewage unblocking – The least that I say about this one the better. Never should you offer yourself to remedy a blocked sewer or drainage system without the necessary tools. Have a face mask at least for you may not like the smell that emanates down under.
- Looking for a job – The toughest job one can ever do, the toughest job I ever did was to look for a job with nothing but high school results. The results were extremely good but every one wanted some experience however little and I had none. I visited 30 private schools, I tried all available options, walking on foot until my shoe soles were no more and I couldn’t replace them for lack of money but got empty promises time and again. How frustrating can it be?
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