Your next career: the ‘best’ jobs in video games

Shadow of the Tomb Raider, video game, screenshot, Lara Croft, temple

If you’re thinking of looking for a new job in January, you’re not alone.

According to an article published on the Metro website, research carried out by Reed.co.uk found that 75% of UK workers will be job-hunting this month. The cost-of-living crisis is also making people consider what they do and how much they earn, with 9% looking to move industries too.

After time off during the Christmas period spent sleeping in until midday, playing video games and eating chocolate, it’s no wonder we’ve all had the return-to-work blues. The beginning of the year is therefore typically a time for reflection and this includes thinking about your career goals. Do you stick it out at the same job just so you have money for that new release, or do you venture out into the marketplace?

For me, the choice is simple. I’m still working on my Data Fellowship apprenticeship right now so I’m not going anywhere for at least the next five months. It’s likely I’ll stay at my current workplace longer than that though as my Service Management Improvement Lead secondment lasts until November. That gives me enough time to get some experience under my belt (and for my employer to consider making it a permanent role).

However, I’m aware it’s not such an easy decision for a lot of people and want to offer some help. If you feel like punching your colleagues whenever you see them and have a sinking feeling each time your manager’s name pops up on screen, today’s post is for you. With gaming having been proven to give you skills which could improve your employability, here are some of the ‘best’ jobs featured in video games. Could one of them potentially become your new career?

Vacancy: Merchant
We’re looking for an experienced salesperson to join our team of qualified Merchants throughout the beautiful land of Hyrule. Your goal will be to maintain customer satisfaction to the highest level and ensure our clients are provided with only the finest goods that rupees can buy.
 
Your primary responsibility will be serving customers – well, customer – ok, that weird blonde kid with the sword. Accounts will need to be balanced and hexagonal gemstones banked on a daily basis. In addition, the handling of flammable goods such as bombs and lamp oils must be undertaken in line with all current health-and-safety legislation.

Requirements:
– Experience of working in a customer services environment
– Stock-management skills
– Willingness to trade in an area constantly threatened by the reincarnation of evil

To register your interest, please apply to the Royal Family of Hyrule – by appointment only.
Vacancy: Archaeologist
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity has arisen for a gifted Archaeologist to join us on our upcoming expedition to an exotic island in the middle-of-nowhere. No experience is necessary and training will be provided on the job; however, you must be willing to provide your own equipment.
 
The successful candidate will be expected scale tombs, ruins and associated risks in their search for ancient relics and buried treasures. Setting up camp will be a regular requirement of this position, as is the healing of stab wounds, gun shots and injuries from bear-traps.
 
Requirements:
– Flexibility to travel to countries across the world
– Quick-thinking, with ability to remain calm under pressure
– Able to adapt to unexpected reductions in team size
 
Please contact Winston Smith in writing at The Fridge, Croft Manor, Surrey, England for further information.
Vacancy: Mechanic
Los Santos Customs is looking for a talented Mechanic to join our crew. You will be responsible for overseeing the repair of all vehicles deposited in the garage and delivering these to our clients at any location, although you may be ‘otherwise occupied’ at certain periods during your day.
 
This role comes with serious risk but a steady salary will be provided to compensate. Please note that we are an equal-opportunities employer, willing to consider those under a wanted-level; however, we’re unable to accept applications from individuals with police associations at this time.
 
Requirements:
– Automotive Maintenance and Repair NVQ
– Ability to quickly grasp new vehicle technologies
– Prepared to accept risk to life and provide own bullet-proof vest
 
Please hand your CV and covering letter into the garage between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Saturday.
Vacancy: Plumber
An experienced Plumber is required for a long-term contract in the Mushroom Kingdom. We’re looking for a new addition to our customer-focused team as we provide all aspects of support to residents throughout the land, keeping their pipes free of unwanted debris and dangerous vegetation.
 
Hours are flexible although the person in this role will be expected to attend to call-outs in other dimensions where there is risk of hazardous reptilian infestation. Other duties as required will be assigned by line management and a company van and uniform will be provided.
 
Requirements:
– Level 2 Diploma in Domestic Plumbing and Heating
– Willingness to take on duties outside of normal role
– Please note: candidates with an allergy to fungi should not apply for this position

Interested parties should speak to Princess Peach at another castle to arrange an interview.
Vacancy: Dancer
A well-known, busy nightclub in the centre of the Citadel is recruiting for full- or part-time Dancers. With a ‘lively’ atmosphere supported by music provided by only the ‘best’ DJs, we provide excellent working conditions on a good starting salary with plenty of tips.
 
Successful applicants will be responsible for providing visual entertainment and charming our exclusive clientele in between their business meetings. Matters of a confidential nature in connection with national security are regularly discussed by our patrons and as such, a sense of discretion is of the utmost importance.
 
Requirements:
– Friendly, well-presented, with a love of working in public
– Continuous sense of rhythm regardless of beat
– Plenty of stamina – employees a required to move non-stop for a minimum of 10 hours
 
Auditions can be arranged by contacting either Doran or Rita at dance@fluxnightclub.me.

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11 Comments

  • Fed
    2 weeks ago Reply

    LOL! 😆 Archaeologist has the best job spec 😆

    • Kim
      2 weeks ago Reply

      Fancy a career change, Fed? 😉

      • Fed
        2 weeks ago Reply

        Yeeeahhhh no 😛

  • Timlah
    2 weeks ago Reply

    Ooh, thanks for reminding me… I need to let Winston out of the fridge. He’s been in there for 25 or so years!

    • Kim
      2 weeks ago Reply

      Insert a pun here about him getting a frosty reception…

  • charlesfwh
    2 weeks ago Reply

    I was hoping for some sort of middle management office position that occasionally involves travelling back to historic periods of time with cool parlour moments before returning to an underwhelming modern day job.

    • Kim
      2 weeks ago Reply

      Ah, that role is being advertised on our job board next week. There’s still time to get your CV ready if you’re interested in applying.

  • WCRobinson
    2 weeks ago Reply

    Haha this is genius. (Also any post with featured art of the modern Tomb Raider games has my attention, I love the modern trilogy!)

    Pokémon’s got some ridiculous jobs too! How about standing in a room with no human appliances all day in the off-chance someone comes to battle you (Elite Four)

    • Kim
      2 weeks ago Reply

      I’m guessing they must read an awful lot of books… 🤔

  • Mr. Wapojif
    2 weeks ago Reply

    Is it possible to apply for some of these jobs? Are recruiters involved? I have 0 years’ experience in them but I blag a good blag and would be EXCELLENT in any business sitting there being wildly introverted.

    • Kim
      1 week ago Reply

      Hmm… sounds like a team-player, with the ability to motivate others… might be able to make a good cup of tea…

      Here’s your contract.

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