Best Job in the World

But it’s not quite as you imagine it

Holly Jahangiri
3 min readSep 25, 2022


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“If all jobs were paid the same, what would you choose to do?”

I would choose to write. I did choose to write.

If teachers were paid anything near what they’re worth — or if parents and administrators partnered with them in a less dysfunctional manner — I might have chosen to teach writing. If there were such a thing as a “professional student,” I would have burrowed happily into the university stacks like a bookworm, combining my love of learning, reading, and writing into one marvelous life spent in an “ivory tower” of academia.

But that’s just a fantasy.

I was lucky to make a good, steady income as a technical writer. I didn’t even know what that was when I first took the job — just that it had the word “writer” in it and paid what my previous job paid. I’d majored in Rhetoric & Writing; my “dream job” involved writing novels and poetry. But I was well aware, even then, that most novelists and poets will never earn what I was offered as a starting salary, so I jumped at it. I could write fiction and poetry in my spare time.

I also went to law school — while working full time. By the time I graduated, I was exhausted. But my…