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List meme: day two

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I've been working since I was 16, and although I got good GCSE results and average A-Level grades, I skipped university to go straight into a full time job. I honestly do not feel like this has ever held me back: I realise some people might be inclined to turn their noses up at my employment history, but I find no shame in not wanting to be a high-flying executive in an office somewhere. I've always enjoyed my jobs (although #2 here did turn sour in the end).

Five Jobs I Have Had
1. Groom. I have worked in this field for the longest; obviously, it's what I'm doing now, and I've been working with the Shires on and off for the past 11 years (four years part-time, one year full time, six years freelance). I also spent a summer working with horse-drawn hearses when I was 16. I actually have no equine qualifications, just experience and hard work!

2. Laboratory technician (medical research). This was my last job, and I was there for five years (full time). I actually really enjoyed the work, but the last few years there were increasingly awful as I clashed - badly - with my team leader, and as the company struggled to cope with the recession, it was the techs who were hit the hardest. By the time I left we were working overtime pretty much every day and, on average, had 3 days off a month. I had to have good GCSE grades in Science, Maths and English to be hired, but I obtained qualifications as I worked.

3. Cleaning. For a few months between leaving my full time employment with the Shires and starting as a lab tech, I worked as a cleaner just to keep some cash coming in. I also do that now with my housekeeping job. It's not my favourite role (I prefer to clean stables and tack rather than houses and clothes!), but it's a living. :)

4. Babysitting. Ah, yes! That's on everyone's resume, isn't it? I did an evening course (which mostly focused on first aid) when I was 14 or 15, and babysat on a regular basis until I was about 24.

5. Warlord of the Saxon persuasion. Or Viking. Or Dwarven. I don't like to talk about it much. But it was a buffly-bearded time.


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Dec. 7th, 2013 02:16 pm (UTC)
#5 made me laugh, thanks for that. =) And I guess, by your definition, that I am the exception to #4 - never did babysit, never wanted to.
Dec. 8th, 2013 06:08 am (UTC)
Oh really? I figured it was easy money for teenagers everywhere, ha. Well ... I say easy...
Dec. 7th, 2013 03:18 pm (UTC)
I don't think there is anything wrong with not wanting to get into the corporate field. It seems stressful and tiresome.
Dec. 8th, 2013 06:14 am (UTC)
I also don't find those kind of jobs very interesting - I'm much more the getting mucky kind of girl, ha. I have more brawn than brain. XD

Edited at 2013-12-08 10:14 am (UTC)
Dec. 7th, 2013 04:47 pm (UTC)
I first had "Thistle Chopper" on my list from when my dad used to pay me a nickel a head for lopping them out of the pasture, but then I listed more legitimate, taxable incomes.

I don't use my college degree one bit, was not a requirement for my present job and I am still paying on the worthless thing.
Dec. 8th, 2013 06:10 am (UTC)
Aw, hearing about your first paid jobs would have been great! What is your college degree?
Jan. 23rd, 2014 02:15 pm (UTC)
So sorry for the late reply - my email is out of control right now.

My degree was Equine Science :)
Dec. 7th, 2013 07:05 pm (UTC)
Worked in that field. I like what you did there.
Dec. 8th, 2013 06:06 am (UTC)
I didn't even notice. I've clearly contracted the pun epidemic from hanging around you too much.
Dec. 7th, 2013 10:08 pm (UTC)
Oh my, have you seen this one? http://lolcats.livejournal.com/165952.html# You're the first person I thought of when I saw it.
Dec. 8th, 2013 06:04 am (UTC)
Ohh! That is so adorable!! I want to cuddle them both.
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Dec. 8th, 2013 06:13 am (UTC)
Well, by the time I was in my teens I knew that the only career I really wanted was to write. You can take creative writing courses at University, but that seemed kinda pointless to me - it's not like publishers will turn up their noses at people who don't have a degree! I also don't believe that writing can be taught. A Uni course would help to hone the skills for sure, but I personally have found it much more beneficial (and cheaper) to be part of writing groups or take standalone courses.
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Dec. 8th, 2013 06:16 am (UTC)
I think those people tend, by and large, to be more successful too.
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