There are two types of people: night owls and early birds. Night owls have broken several alarms in a bid not to wake up until 3pm.
Early birds fly their nest embrace the day from the second it starts and smile in the mornings.
If the latter sounds like you, we have some jobs to suit your sleep patterns… If an early morning makes you cringe then check out our jobs for night owls instead!
Don’t believe the stereotype. Royal Mail staff don’t get chased by dogs, don’t have cats called Jess in their vans and don’t ALWAYS leave those pesky red cards behind without checking you’re in first. Making sure all your bills and junk mail reach you so you've got something to read with your morning coffee, the postie’s working day starts around 5.30am.
To make a duvet day seem less appealing, you can look forward to finishing around 1pm, which is perfect in the sunny months when everyone else is stuck in offices with no air con.
Like the sound of this job? Find out what a typical working day for a postie is like.
Whether you like your markets vintage, modern or just plain odd, and whether you go to them for all of your foodie needs or just to pick up a cheap pair of skinny jeans, there’s a stall for everything and everyone. So if you want to pretend you’re a contestant on The Apprentice and sell, sell, sell whatever you want, why not set up a stall?
Be warned: this isn’t for those that call themselves early birds and wake up at 10am. Want a good spot and be all set up in time for the crowds? You’ve got to get there bright and early. You press snooze, you lose.
Teachers have it easy, right? Weeks of summer holidays, finishing before 4pm and babysitting a few kids. Yeah, they wish. Only for the early birds among you, you’re looking at 8am till 5.30pm depending on marking, lesson planning and parent evenings (warning: having to tell parents their child is an utter nuisance won’t be as much fun as you think).
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Is there anything nicer than the smell of freshly baked bread? Well, yes there probably is but for the sake of this job description pretend there isn’t.
Making and selling fresh bread, cakes and pastries, you’ll feel like Charlie and the Chocolate factory… except with baked products. While it sounds great and you’ll smell of freshly baked bread all day, you’ll have to start work early to make sure the shop is fully stocked and ready for hungry business people who haven’t had breakfast and want an eclair at 8am.
Ok, we know this might not be your ideal job given the bad press lately, but this is the ultimate in early bird careers. In the office by 7am at the latest, this isn’t a regular job where you can leave the minute the clock hits 5pm. You’re there for as long as it takes, and it often takes at least 70 hours a week.
It’s not all bad though - the salary is sure to help you sleep at night when you do eventually see your bed.
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If all else fails...
Work for Lorraine Kelly
Admit it, your mornings wouldn’t be complete without Lorraine Kelly. She’s always there for you during the morning dash and never cares that you look awful in your work clothes. Plus she’s the happiest woman on TV.
So imagine waking up early and going to work for her? You may laugh but you secretly want her as your boss. Admit it.