The idea: New players are given a ship, then they have to work to pay it off.
Meatbolio and I briefly discussed this idea in the thread Quickplay Mode: Or How to Retain Players that Don't Have the Patience for the Main Game, but I felt that this topic deserved it's own thread.
Everyone's always talking about becoming a pirate or running a manufactory, what are some weird jobs that you think some people might actually do in-game? Post them!
Maybe you'll inspire someone to take up a not very obvious job.
Here are a couple I can think of off the top of my head: