On this sunny month of April, we have our very own Web Developer (and, not to mention ‘Office Table Tennis Champion’) in the limelight as Stu takes the stage to share his first five jobs with us. Join us as we travel through time, from scrubber to Mrs Doubtfire and beyond!
1. Pot Wash
My very first job was in a village pub when I was young. I soon learnt that, at age 15, working part-time as a pot wash meant that I was at the bottom of the food chain – which my pay certainly reflected at £3.30 an hour!
LESSON: Gordon Ramsey is tame and there must be an easier way to make money…
2. University Student Rep
Whilst at university, I helped out with the open days and student recruitment fairs. It was a pretty sweet job. My favourite aspects were carrying out energetic campus tours and driving around in fast hire cars!
LESSON: Perfecting the art of tailoring information is essential. Know your audience!
3. Care Worker for Deaf Adults
During my summer break at uni, I decided to stay in the city and work. I took a job working for Action on Hearing Loss in a care home for a deaf adult. Our residents had a wide range of needs both physically and mentally. It was an incredibly rewarding job and learning sign language whilst doing it was amazing!
LESSON: Never underestimate someone’s ability to achieve anything.
I spent a month looking after a three-month-old Labrador puppy and three children. It was pretty full on as the whole gang were constantly full of energy!
LESSON: Being honest and consistent is the way to live. Oh and don’t lie to kids – they’re cleverer than they look!
5. Freelancer – Northern Badger
After trying eight different overlapping jobs over a year and a half post-university, I turned to running my own little web development company. I worked with a few designers and we made websites for small businesses, record labels and charities. I worked a hell of a lot and charged very little.
LESSON: Working in a team is way more fun as well as productive than working on your own. It’s really important to have a great team of people to collaborate ideas with, keep you on track… and occasionally challenge to a game of table tennis.
Where next for our badger from the North?