#firstsevenjobs taught me a lot

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Today I want to talk about a craze. No, not Pokemon Go, which literally took over the Abbey Gardens the weekend before last.

My son was among the young and old, heads buried in an iPhone with the occasional yelp as they caught something or someone or found some Poke-castle or whatever it may be called.

I’m neither knowledgeable or cool enough to devote 450 words to this particular phenomenon.

The one that grabbed my attention was a hashtag that recently cropped up on Twitter – #firstsevenjobs.

And I was not alone with the likes of astronaut Buzz Aldrin taking part on social media. He was a dish washer and camp counsellor before taking to the skies, in case you are wondering.

Putting aside the fact, that such career-based social media posts probably belong on LinkedIn, it was almost impossible not to cast your mind back and reminisce.

So dear reader, let me take you back to the summer of 1995 when Steffi Graf was winning Wimbledon, John Major was winning Downing Street and Robbie Williams was leaving Take That.

Fresh faced and with above average GCSEs, but unable to settle into the right A-levels, I decided I was ready to face the world.

First stop, was a meat processing factory. An enjoyable spell where I was earning (some) money with no bills to pay. I was rich!

Of course I wasn’t. But for a short time, it felt like it – even if the sum of my new-found wealth was buying some football memorabilia or maybe the odd takeaway. Living the high life, that was me.

I was on a roll. More jobs followed, I recall putting on the free gift on a Pets World magazine or something similar, then a rather rapid experience into the world of cold calling was up next.

Going through the phone book and asking people if they would like double glazing lasted one morning – I left at lunchtime.

I did a brief stint on telesales, some home-working, some more factory work until a realisation that I was never going to become a professional footballer made me opt for journalism.

With a bit of luck and hard work, I was fortunate to never look back.

Not for one moment do I regret any choices I made post-
GCSEs even if looking back, some of them were slightly misguided.

They taught me about hard work and also brought me into contact with the great and good from all walks of life.

For that alone, I will always look back fondly at my #firstsevenjobs.