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Your first job?

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leeCal
leeCal Community member Posts: 7,550 Disability Gamechanger
edited September 2021 in Coffee lounge
hi, just reminiscing. My first job was as a sales assistant in an office supplies shop. Forty hour week for which I was handsomely rewarded £5, that’s 12.5p an hour which in those days was around two shillings and sixpence.
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“This is my simple religion. No need for temples. No need for complicated philosophy. Your own mind, your own heart is the temple. Your philosophy is simple kindness.” 
― Dalai Lama XIV

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  • MarkM88
    MarkM88 Community member Posts: 3,127 Connected
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    My first paid job was when I was at Uni I worked as a student ambassador and I also held down a part time sales assistant role in a department store. 
  • wilko
    wilko Community member Posts: 2,458 Disability Gamechanger
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    mine mine was a Saturday job on a small dairy farm the pay 10 shillings for a morning’s work 50 pence.
  • Ami2301
    Ami2301 Community member Posts: 7,935 Disability Gamechanger
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    My first paid job was a cashier at a supermarket :)
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  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
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    Pulling pints and serving cocktails to submariners in a NAAFI bar.
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  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community member Posts: 16,173 Disability Gamechanger
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    My first paid job (Saturday work) was in a fruit & veg shop, then worked as a sales assistant in Binns, then in Pumphreys, where I was paid more than everyone else as I was chief bottle washer, took over from the chef, waited on tables, etc. My first paid work 'proper' was as a physio. Overhearing a conversation with 2 dinner ladies when I was a student, I found they earned more than I would do after 3 & a half years study; never mind, I didn't become a physio because of the pay.
  • rudolf
    rudolf Community member Posts: 30 Connected
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    Newspaper deliverer
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community member Posts: 12,115 Disability Gamechanger
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    First job was delivering newspapers, I did an evening round and two rounds on Sunday, then when I was 13 i got a job serving petrol 20 hours a week.
    When i left school I worked for the Inland revenue but after 3 weeks I left to work for the local council.

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  • Ross_Alumni
    Ross_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,650 Disability Gamechanger
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    Enjoying reading this thread :) 
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  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
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    First was delivering newspapers every morning 7 days a week and also a weekly free paper 2 nights 

    First full time job was on yts scheme in supermarket 39 hour week for £25 a week 

    Stayed with them for next 30 years in various roles finishing off as Regional hr manager 
  • Cress
    Cress Community member Posts: 1,012 Pioneering
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    Mine was a yts in a newsagents..there was no training that went on at all.
    We weren't allowed to serve customers or use the till, so basically shoved things on shelves and made tea...there were actually two of us doing this which was ridiculous...
  • 66Mustang
    66Mustang Community member Posts: 14,983 Disability Gamechanger
    edited September 2021
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    I’ve never had a job

    I keep thinking of jobs I maybe could do but there always seems to be a reason I can’t do each one

    i.e. I thought I could be an electrician but then I’d have to go into strangers’ houses and drive a van on my own…can’t do that…working in an office - yeah I can do everything there, computers etc, no wait I can’t use the phone or go to meetings

    I suppose that’s what benefits are for, but I’d rather not be on them to be perfectly honest

    I am still on the look out for that job that my issues don’t prevent me from doing :)

    Sorry to bring the mood of the thread down
  • OverlyAnxious
    OverlyAnxious Community member Posts: 2,801 Disability Gamechanger
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    My first job was on a small supermarket counter...selling not only groceries but also having to select restricted items like cigarettes & alcohol to people despite having never smoked or drunk in my life!!  And having to ask anyone that looked under 25 for ID...as a scrawny 18 year old myself!  :D  I was also having to pick other 'nickable' items like nappies & baby formula...I had no idea they came in different ages and sizes etc.  Massive learning curve just on the items we sold, let alone the till, the paypoint and the lottery machine!!

    It was a real eye-opener though.  I grew up in a small rural village, wasn't 'wealthy' at all but we didn't really see poverty either.  Then I worked there and saw people buying just a pound of electric and gas on cards/keys, homeless people buying a can of beans with begged coppers, people coming in with vouchers for their kids food and going hungry themselves, people getting really upset by their cards being declined on like 5 items and having to put things back until it worked.  One night an elderly female ex-addict & ex 'night worker' came in and called us all c**ts...which was a shock considering I'd never heard older relatives even use the F word!  
  • Lisatho11987777
    Lisatho11987777 Scope Member Posts: 5,911 Disability Gamechanger
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    My first job was washing dishes in a cafe 
  • leeCal
    leeCal Community member Posts: 7,550 Disability Gamechanger
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    Was it for a national charity or a local one @Teddybear12 ?

    sounds like fun.

    “This is my simple religion. No need for temples. No need for complicated philosophy. Your own mind, your own heart is the temple. Your philosophy is simple kindness.” 
    ― Dalai Lama XIV

  • coylygirl
    coylygirl Community member Posts: 283 Pioneering
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    My first job was aged 12 working in a pharmacy cleaning out the tablet and medicine bottles.  Many of them were still half full and I just threw the tablets in the bin.  Oh innocent times!
  • leeCal
    leeCal Community member Posts: 7,550 Disability Gamechanger
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    Twelve was young especially in a pharmacy. What were the wages like @coylygirl?

    “This is my simple religion. No need for temples. No need for complicated philosophy. Your own mind, your own heart is the temple. Your philosophy is simple kindness.” 
    ― Dalai Lama XIV

  • coylygirl
    coylygirl Community member Posts: 283 Pioneering
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    @leeCal I think I got about a fiver a week - a fortune in 1980!
  • idontlikeliving
    idontlikeliving Community member Posts: 119 Courageous
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    @leeCal so you got £5 for 40hrs??? 
  • leeCal
    leeCal Community member Posts: 7,550 Disability Gamechanger
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    Yes @idontlikeliving, it was in 1970! ?

    “This is my simple religion. No need for temples. No need for complicated philosophy. Your own mind, your own heart is the temple. Your philosophy is simple kindness.” 
    ― Dalai Lama XIV

  • idontlikeliving
    idontlikeliving Community member Posts: 119 Courageous
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    That crazy, even if it was the 70s. Can’t believe that. Lol @leeCal
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