PARIS - DM - An engineer has turned his back on his trade and set out across Europe to learn 33 more instead.

Jan Lachner, 25, arrived in the UK this week to come face-to-face with sharks as a diving cleaner for the 31st stop on his trip. Lachner, who began his project 18 months ago as a fisherman in Malta, said: 'I've taken on many challenges but probably not many as nerve-wracking as this.'

Lachner, who is half German and half French, said: 'Before this project I had a placement at Rolls-Royce, I was struck by the number of people who have spent their entire working lives with that one company.

I looked around one day and thought they can be in the same profession for years and never know anything different. I'm sure most of those people were very happy, but I suddenly realised that I wanted to know what else is out there before eventually returning to the aeronautical industry. I have a natural curiosity and I wanted to show that you can do anything regardless of your nationality.'

Lachner’s 33 jobs

1)     Malta - fisherman

2)     Cyprus - tourist officer

3)     Spain - flamenco teacher

4)     Ireland - barman

5)     Luxembourg - estate     agent

6)     Switzerland - alpine horn     maker

7)     Liechtenstein - baker and    

    confectioner

8)     Slovenia - festival worker

9)     Greece - archaeologist

10)     Bulgaria - recruiter

11)     Austria - marketing

    executive

12)     Czech Republic - beer    

    brewer

13)     Slovakia - business

    development assistant

14)     Hungary - spa employee

15)     Romania - farmer

16)     Croatia - teacher

17)     Poland - hotel worker

18)     France - EU parliament    

    worker

19)     Lithuania - jeweller

20)     Latvia - volunteer in an

    NGO

21)     Estonia - zoo keeper

22)     Finland - park ranger

23)     Sweden - interior    

    designer

24)     Denmark - wind turbine

    tester

25)     Netherlands - flower    

    factory worker

26)     Iceland - photographer's     assistant

27)     Germany - care worker

28)     Norway - mechanic

29)     Monaco - chef

30)     Belgium - radio

    commentator

31)     United Kingdom - Sea

    Life Centre worker

32)     Portugal - cork industry    

    worker

33)     Italy - to be decided...