I define unusual as something which differs from the ordinary; something rare to find. Therefore, an unusual occupation is, to me, a job that differs from an ordinary, conventional 9 to 5 job.
An example of an “unusual occupation” is a certified Lego professional. Basically, a person with such an occupation gets to build Lego structures all day while getting paid for it. Sounds easy, right?
However, according to the only certified Lego professional in Southeast Asia, a Singaporean named Nicholas Foo (the man pictured above), being a certified Lego professional is not as easy as it seems. According to him, in order to be a certified Lego professional, one has to “show that they are creative, demonstrate that they are a people person, carry themselves well and have a good business plan”.
Despite the fact that it is difficult to acquire such an occupation, I still see this occupation as something I might actually consider taking up.
I enjoy playing with Lego bricks as it is one of the very few toys that are versatile : just from a single Lego set, you can have a castle, space station and many others – the only limit is the player’s imagination and creativity.
Apart from that, playing with Lego also helps with problem-solving; something that I actually enjoy. Problem-solving is prominent in Lego building as it makes you try to find solutions using a limited amount of resources (e.g. finding a way to make a structure more stable with just a few pieces of bricks).
I also find the experience of playing with Lego bricks to be really rewarding as you get to see the tangible results of your efforts; after spending a lot of time and effort building a structure, you get to see yourself transforming tiny pieces into a masterpiece. The feeling of self-satisfaction from this is great.
(Pictures are from google.)
Another thing that is much more satisfying than assembling a sculpture out of Lego bricks is actually getting paid for it; you get to do what you like for living while getting paid for it.