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Need a part-time job? National Rail in the UK will pay someone to travel the country by train

If you’re young but still are drawn to the allure of travelling around by rail, there is a new dream job available in the UK. A new position at National Rail will see one lucky person travel around Great Britain by rail and get paid to do it.

UK, Scotland, Highland, Loch Shiel, Glenfinnan, Glenfinnan Railway Viaduct, part of the West Highland Line, The Jacobite Steam Train.
UK, Scotland, Highland, Loch Shiel, Glenfinnan, Glenfinnan Railway Viaduct, part of the West Highland Line, The Jacobite Steam Train. Image by Alan Copson/Getty Images

National Rail is calling for “aspiring adventurers” to apply for a part-time job as the Chief Adventure Officer. The role will require one traveller to vlog their way around Great Britain – on paid trips to the destinations of their choosing. To make the deal even sweeter, the new employee will be paid £10,000 for the job.

However, the applicants must be UK residents between 16 and 25, or mature students, who are eligible for a 16-25 railcard. The applicants must apply online with a link to a short video explaining or showing a recent trip.

 

If you don’t meet the requirements don’t worry, more and more companies and destinations are creating dream job positions that are sure to inspire dreams of getting paid for a new adventure. Most recently, a country market on the island of Cape Breton in Canada offered a lucky new employee two acres of land and a job to move to the community and work there.

If settling down in one place seems a little too permanent, Columbia sportswear recently launched a search to find a “director of toughness” who will travel the world for nine months, testing the company’s products in a variety of environments.

But, even though its nice to dream of a new job in an incredible place, some so-called dream jobs still struggle to find anyone interested in actually taking them. Earlier this year, a rural community in New Zealand announced that it was unable to find any doctors to take a $400,000-a-year position, with three months holiday, on the country’s beautiful North Island.