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#Shakespeare400 - 5 Shakespeare jobs that still exist today

20 April 2016

#Shakespeare400 - 5 Shakespeare jobs that still exist today

Shakespeare is credited with inventing 1,700 words including rant, assassination, fashionable and puking. He also wrote many of our best known sayings like mum's the word, eaten out of house and home, a wild goose chase and a heart of gold.

But Shakespeare didn’t invent everything, including his plots. He also didn’t invent his characters’ careers and here are five jobs you could still get today.

1 Butler – Stephano in The Tempest
Despite their dated image there are still many organisations, wealthy individuals, luxury hotels and embassies requiring butlers.

Butlers provide personal services to their employer. This can include managing their household, offering a chauffeur service and serving at formal meals. To do this job you need excellent communication skills and the ability to be discreet. If you enjoy looking after people and are interested in working in the personal services industry, this role could be for you.

2 Carpenter or joiner – Peter Quince and Snug in A Midsummer Night's Dream
Carpenters and joiners make and install wooden fixtures and fittings. They can work in many areas, for instance on construction sites, fitting out shops and bars, and building sets for film and TV.

If you enjoy working with wood and want to put your practical skills to good use, this could be an ideal career for you. You'll need an eye for detail, good maths skills for working out measurements and the ability to follow technical plans.

3 Goldsmith – Angelo in The Comedy of Errors
A goldsmith specializes in working with gold and other precious metals. Historically, goldsmiths made silverware, platters, goblets, decorative and serviceable utensils, and ceremonial or religious items, but the rising prices of precious metals have curtailed the making of such items to a large degree and now most work in jewellery design.

As a jewellery designer you’ll plan the style and pattern of jewellery, silverware and other decorative products. If you are creative, can work accurately with your hands and would love to work with gemstones, metals and different materials, this job could suit you well. Drawing and computer design skills will h

4 Shepherd – Corin and Phebe in As You Like It
Shepherds do practical and manual work with sheep on a farm. To be a farm worker, you should have the ability to do hard physical work. You will need practical skills and knowledge. You will also need to be aware of health and safety. You do not need any particular qualifications for starting in this job, but it helps to have an interest in farming.

5 Tailor – Robin Starveling in A Midsummer Night's Dream
Tailors create custom-made (bespoke) suits, jackets and coats for men and women. They may make the whole garment, or work in a team where each member has a specialism. If you’re interested in textiles and fashion, and can get on well with people, this job could be ideal for you. In this job you’ll need sewing and design skills. You’ll also need to be creative and know about different types of fabric. To get into this job you could start without qualifications and learn whilst working with a master tailor.

To find out more about jobs and careers visit the National Careers Service job family pages at or call XXX to speak to an adviser about your future career.

Prospects deliver the National Careers Service in London, the West Midlands and South West and young people services in Yorkshire, Leicestershire, Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire, Coventry & Warwickshire and London. We are the largest employer of careers advisers in the country, working with more than 500,000 young people and adults each year.

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