From fresh-faced paperboy to Mr B’s Digital Director, next up in our Where Next series, is Rob Lowe. We quizzed him about what he learnt during the arduous slog of his youth, from charming the residents of Frome, to working up a sweat with paying guests… yes, really! Here, Rob takes us through lessons learned in his first five jobs.
1. Paper Round
Having a paper round is a right of passage that every young person should go through. At the age of 13 I was out on my bike at the crack of dawn, 6 days a week in all weather conditions. Never has a £12 per week paycheck been more deserved.
LESSON: You cannot fold a weekend Guardian newspaper. You need to separate the supplements first!
2. Customer Service – WHSmiths
A weekend job at the Frome branch of WHSmith was a pretty sweet gig. I was lucky enough to work with some great people and make some good friends.
LESSON: Customers love routine. It’s amazing that you see the same people, at the same time, buying the same thing. If you can make this as seamless as possible for them they’ll thank you for it.
3. Sports Assistant – Center Parcs
Working at Center Parcs in the Jardin des Sports is the perfect job for any teenage lad. Playing tennis, badminton, squash etc with guests for a living seems too good to be true!
LESSON: When people are spending their well earned money on a holiday, the least you can do is delight them… but don’t expect a medal for it!
4. Web Design & Developer Internship
Whilst at university in Bournemouth I was lucky enough to land my first ‘industry’ job as a web designer & developer. Working for a small company that provided e-learning platforms for financial services clients, I quickly discovered my passion for all things web!
LESSON: Surround yourself with experience. Watch, listen and learn as much as you can from talented co-workers. It’s the best way to develop yourself.
5. Junior Web Developer
This was my first job as a graduate. Working for a small digital agency in Bristol I was fortunate to work on a wide variety of projects. Including an iOS app for what was then a little known TV series called ‘Breaking Bad’.
LESSON: Never say never. Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone. The best way to learn new skills is by jumping into a new challenge with two feet.
So that’s it, you’ve got the scoop on Rob’s first five jobs. It must’ve been written in the stars that he’d end up here at Mr B & Friends!
Read more on our Where Next series here!