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I assure you that within the next 24 hours there will be a new “Cool Job” appearing on the site — you asked for more Cool Jobsters in the performing arts, and I’m happy to oblige.

In the meantime, for the benefit of my stalkers I have updated the “About” page on my other blog to include some interesting personal facts that will astound and amaze you…if you can figure out which ones are true!

Come see me here to join in the fun!

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Ross Janes

One of the things I’ve noticed in reviewing the posts of the last few weeks is that speaking a few different languages can be a great route to ending up with a cool job:see Diplomat, Social Anthropologist, and Sign Language Interpreter. However, if none of those careers suits you, consider teaching your native language to others in a foreign country.

Today’s contributor Ross Janes is originally from Canada, but has spent most of the last decade teaching English in Japan to students of all ages. It is clear to me from reading his blog, and seeing this picture of him at work with his students, that he’s a great communicator (and very silly) in both English and Japanese.

So…bored where you are and ready to see the world? Let’s go to Japan and see what it’s like to teach English there!

When people ask you ‘what do you do?’ how do you describe your job?
My first response is usually, ‘as little as possible for the most money’. Then I say that I teach English to students from 3 to 80 years old, individually or in small groups. I mainly teach conversational English; but I also have Business English classes, English Proficiency Test practice sessions, and visit 2 kindergartens. I co-host a travel show at the local radio station as well.

What are the things about your job that you love?
I love talking to people and finding out what they are interested in. Among my students there is a small aircraft pilot, an equestrian dressage rider, a Teddy Bear club president, a sparkling water connoisseur, and a support member for the Hino team in the Paris to Dakar race.
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When I first visited the website of Jamaica Vawter I was blown away (and made quite hungry!) by the fantastic wedding and special occasion cakes she designs. Discovering that her Los Angeles bakery Jamaica’s Cakes uses only the freshest ingredients and doesn’t take any shortcuts made my mouth water even more.

Running a business is challenging in any industry, but running a business that requires creativity every single day definitely transforms it into a cool job of the highest order. And besides…you get to taste your own creations!

Have you got enough passion for pastry to be a cake designer? Read on and find out!

Jamaica Vawter

When people ask you “what do you do?” how do you describe your job?
I always let people know that I have my own business, a bakery in West LA called “Jamaica’s Cakes”. The very next thing I have to explain is that my name is Jamaica and that there is nothing Jamaican about it 🙂 I like to blame my parents for that confusion! We offer many varieties of desserts and pastries including bars, brownies, cookies, cupcakes, eclairs, cream puffs, tarts, morning pastries and most importantly… CAKES 🙂 We do cakes for any and all occasions… birthday cakes, artistic baby shower cakes, and original wedding cakes! We do a lot of cakes for weddings in Los Angeles, as well as the surrounding areas. We make everything from scratch which seems to be a unique thing with us. It seems that most other bakeries add preservatives to their product to make them last longer. Many of them say they freeze their cakes for (more…)

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