Funny Job Titles
I was about to call this post Tinker, Tamer, Earner, G.I because they are all actual job titles on the online visa application I had to complete for my trip to Dubai. Then I thought about doing a take on Butcher, Baker, Candlestick-maker, but in the end I just went with what you see above. Simply because the following job titles are funny, but very much inadvertently so.
Due to a current tiff between Canada and the United Arab Emirates, Canadians going to Dubai (or anywhere in the UAE) have to apply for a visa, and a costly one at that (more on that in an upcoming post.)
Thankfully, both Emirates and Etihad airlines allow you the option of getting a much cheaper (and shorter) visa if you book with them online. After you pay for your flight, there is an option in the Manage My Booking section to apply for your visa.
You are taken to a site run by a company called VFS Global Services, which I now believe to stand for Very Funny Shit. One of queries on the application is the very simple term “Occupation”. In the drop-down list that follows, wedged between jobs people have actually heard of and some appalling spelling mistakes, is a goldmine of inadvertent humour.
Take a look at some of the weird and wonderful job titles up for selection:
Both of these appear to be stellar occupations — while they don’t suffer under the weight of responsibility that a “Life Manager” or the actual “Rescue Man” must face, they are great conversation starters.
Although I have to admit, Hides Sorter or Loom Fitter do sound a heckuva lot sexier.