Today on BEDM we are writing about our first job. I’m going to write about two – my first part-time job as a teen, and my first ‘career’ job, as a teacher.
My first paid job as a teenager was working in a greengrocers in my hometown. For the princely sum of £2.15 an hour I arranged displays, sorted produce, greeted and served customers and got *amazing* arm muscles lifting sacks of potatoes (seriously, better than kettlebells). I did it throughout my summer break and really enjoyed it. There’s something so cool about your very own pay packet – that weekly brown envelope was such a fun event. £30! Or £40! Or £50! Mine, all mine. What to do? Go to the movies, buy a present for a friend, catch the bus through to the *big* library? (Seriously, I am a dyed in the wool nerd :)). At the end of the summer I went back to school but I had such a fun summer working at the shop.
From there I had a variety of part-time (and often full-time during the vacations) jobs – babysitter, receptionist, daycare worker, waitress, barmaid, hotel monkey, day nanny, shopgirl, special needs carer. Each and every one had good elements and parts I enjoyed less, but they taught me so much about work and life and just being decent. Plus, they helped me to pay to live alongside the student loan while I was studying for my degree, so yay for work!
After uni I worked as a boarding assistant at a school before heading off to do my PGCE. After qualifying, I got my first job, as a Year 3 tutor and KS2 teacher at a private school in Northamptonshire. I had four very happy years there before London called me and I moved to my current job. I’m now heading towards the close of my eighth year of teaching, and I’m one of those lucky/blessed/infuriating people who adores her job. I truly have a vocation for what I do, and find my job intellectually stimulating, emotionally satisfying and just tremendous fun. I love my job 90%-95% of the time, and even when it’s stressful or challenging, it’s still worth it – I think if you can say that, you’re doing the right thing. I also think I’m very lucky because the holiday time gives me ample to to study up (another passion) and write (which I adore).
Looking forward to reading about everyone else’s first jobs!