An advert for a job as a tea taster has been posted by tea company Twinings.
The part-time role requires someone to "taste the many different flavours of tea that are created by Twinings".
Instead of a conventional interview, an initial screening will take place to check if applicants possess the required taste sensitivity.
The role is based in Andover, Hampshire, and pays £9.50 per hour, beginning in January 2022.
The successful applicant will work four hours a week.
Charlotte Davies, careers expert at LinkedIn, said: “Spending your days taste testing different flavours of tea - and getting paid for it - surely has to be every British tea lover's dream.”
Her advice for prospective candidates was: “Identify your transferable skills. While some job descriptions are very specific about the skills required, this role is open to everyone. If you can tell the difference between a camomile and green tea, you’re already onto a winner!
"Don’t be chai - confidence is key. Be confident in your abilities and put your best foot forward in the application.
"Keep your socials professional. Employers search for candidates online to check previous experience so make sure your LinkedIn profile is up to date and that your other social media doesn’t contain anything that would make the hiring managers spit out their morning cuppa!”
Professional tea tasting is a niche career, though they are vital to tea suppliers.
There is currently no tea tasting or brewing degree that is recognised in the UK, as such most tea tasters start out as complete novices or hobbyists.
Normally, employees start out as ‘trainee tea tasters’ with training taking up to five years to complete.
Employment site fledglink.com says that prospective candidates normally need good GCSE grades with some even asking for a degree (though this role does not).
This particular tea role is an entry level position, which, according to employment company Fledglink, is something of a rarity.
"Entry-level roles for teas tasting don’t often crop up," they say on their website.
They also advise “having an interest in tea” and “an interest in botany and plants” to land help land the job.
The posting can be found here.
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