#BlogaJob Challenge: Not Quite All the Jobs I Have Ever Done

The very lovely Alice over at Nipper and Tyke tagged me back in the far mists of time for #blogajob, aka the ultimate nosy person’s tag (not that I’m saying she is nosy, but I am so I’ve enjoyed seeing people’s responses). The premise is simple – The title of Alice’s original post “All the Jobs I Have Ever Done” sums up the expectation, although I’m told, much like a proper CV, omissions and poetic licence are allowed. Phew.

And so to begin:

The ‘what am I doing with my life?’ phase
You know the age I’m sure…angst and philosophy-ridden late teenage years; just about to leave school; no question that life isn’t happening and won’t be happening but what does it all mean? What am I doing with my life?

I’ll tell you what …I was scraping together cash working in a factory printing labels onto food products that were then shipped to fancy (possibly) hotels in UAE. I was also being a removal person (riding in the lorry was amazing!), working in a supermarket’s cash office (I can count! I can count money!), photocopying for days (and days), and frying the odd egg (in a leisure centre kitchen with awol staff, it was the stuff of nightmares).


The ‘what do I want to do with my life?’ phase
Aha! I am searching for direction. My temping agency sends me to less kitchens sadly and more dreary offices where I do things like help with due diligence (due what?) and data entry. Alongside this I attempt to get a grown up job that lasts longer than a few weeks.

Among other wanderings, I inadvertently stumble into an interview at a big City Bank and feel like a fish so far out of water I was building sandcastles in a desert. They (and I) wondered why I was there and they showed me the door while I admired the lovely art collection and tried to work out what the funny smell was (greed, fear and furniture polish I’m sure of it).

Respite from these horrors came in the form of a rather lovely day a week at a Swan Sanctuary. I had visions of being swan-woman and filling my house with swans. Oh and Indian Runner Ducks. The sanctuary’s ones were aptly named Alfie and Spencer (remember Spencer, whatever happened to him?).

Finally my sliding doors moment: an interview and job offer for a journalism job somewhere soulless in Canary Wharf. The next day, an interview in an oh-so-soulful converted warehouse full of creatives in Kentish Town and a job offer at an Arts Festival.


The ‘I am doing this with my life’ phase
And so it begins. The start (yes we finally got there!) of my career in the arts. A few giddy London years then off, off and away. The Festivals became bigger, the positions became more permanent and more senior and it very quickly became a viable career option without the need for my part-time job in a shoe shop, I’m a trained children’s shoe fitter don’t you know!

Sometimes I can’t really believe all the stress experiences I had, places I went and extraordinary people I met. Meeting the giggly Desmond Tutu then watching him (and thousands of other people) dancing happily to a band I programmed is definitely up there as a standout memory.

I’ll leave the namedropping at that, but it has certainly been an adventure.

And it’s one that continues merrily without me involved. Arts everywhere – going on in villages, towns and cities all over the UK. Thoughtful, funny, silly, experimental, beautiful, traditional events…little and big opportunities to celebrate and connect with places, people and art-forms, to fuel creativity and discussion and to have a jolly good time.


The ‘I’m not doing that anymore’ phase
Lots of happy memories, but no I’m not doing that anymore and I don’t know if I ever will be again.

So what now? Well along with this lovely dabble into writing and my role as a volunteer, my tasks currently include play, play, play, play, eat, and (sometimes broken) sleep.

I often think people classify me in some fanciful ‘not working = not ambitious’ category. This is simplistic and so very wrong. I am working hard at lots of things; I don’t have paid employment, there’s a difference. I am also fiercely ambitious.

Ambition: A strong desire to do or achieve something.

I do, and I achieve and I have a burning desire to do more and achieve more with my life. Whether that is with a job title or stacks of money (unlikely) remains to be seen!

And talking of meeting people, I’ve definitely met the most extraordinary person I’ve ever met doing this role. You know where I’m going with this don’t you!? He’s, oh I don’t know, about yay high…likes ice cream and tractors, calls me Mummy…

Ta da! My CV. Sort of. Not really. And now I need to tag other bloggers. I’m going to throw it out there to the following. As ever with these thing, please don’t feel any obligation to do this, but if you need something for a rainy day here you are.

Kate (K) at LesBeMums

Annie at My Inner Onion

Nicola at Rust and Stardust

Claire at Art and Soul

Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday

33 thoughts on “#BlogaJob Challenge: Not Quite All the Jobs I Have Ever Done

  1. That’s an amazing post!
    Thanks for tagging me 🙂 I have a horrible backlog of tags, but I am slowly working my way through them (at the rate of one a week I should be finished by Easter… yikes!). This one is really interesting (I am nosy, I freely admit it) and I honestly have made a note of it and will do my best to get there. One day. I’ll let you know when I do.


  2. This was a good one (still trying to do mine!) Can’t believe…you’re a fully trained children’s shoe fitter! What I love about this is that I have found out more about your interesting jobs AND it has made me think about Desmond Tutu. Which has reminded me about when he hit the roof because the Dalai Lama couldn’t come to his birthday party. Which has made me smile! #coolmumclub


      1. I do want to, but I don’t know what to put in and what to leave out! I’m seriously contemplating just doing the entire thing on the nutty hotel I worked in the summer before uni. That could make a whole post. #KCACOLS

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  3. I really enjoyed reading this!! I too love to know about other peoples histories, and it sounds like yours was really exciting!! And not over yet, you’re just having a career break! Mine is unfortunately, quite boring! I’d done the same job since finishing university, and prior to that did an unqualified version of my job!! And no idea where I’m going once my career break is over! I have a list of dream jobs though, currently including an heir hunter, a coyote, a wine taster, and a wedding dress maker. Do you think I stand a good chance of becoming any of these??!!!!! Great read.


    1. Ooo I love this! That’s a whole other post isn’t…’things I would like to be’. Your list is definitely varied…please tell me you’ve seen heir hunters!? Hmm maybe you could look at combining a few…!

      These career breaks are funny things…although I’m enjoying mine and the new things I’m doing in it more than anything else i’ve ever done, so I think I need to reevaluate!

      Thank you v much for popping by and your lovely comment x


  4. A Mum that can measure their kids feet without having to endure Clarkes?! Hurrah to you! Seriously though, a lovely insight into a career, and a journey. Sorry that was a bit Simon Cowell Cheesetastic, but you get my point. Thanks so much for coming along to #coolmumclub where you are always, most welcome x MMT


    1. Thank you so much, it’s been a ball (the linky that is). I love the optimism of your first point and to an extent it’s true…BUT…just think how much I had to endure Clarks while being a shoe fitter!? Thanks for hosting #coolmumclub

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  5. The swan sanctuary got me, it sounds so cool! I haven’t seen this challenge before but it’s a great idea for a post. Though so many past jobs of mine are ones I’d sooner forget there’d be none left to post about. 😉 #KCACOLS


  6. What an interesting post – I love that you know how to measure children’s feet – think how much time you’ll be saving!!! And yes just because you aren’t being paid to do a particular job does not mean you are not ambitious or working hard!!! I am STILL trying to work out what I actually want to do when I grow up! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday


    1. Ahh me too! Just think of all the possibilities! I also passionately believe that taking time out from full time work to parent increases not decreases how attractive parents should be to employers. I could write a book listing all the transferable skills, but maybe that’s another blog post. Thanks very much for stopping by and your comment. Oh and for hosting too! #KCACOLS


  7. What a lovely post Lucy!! I really enjoyed reading this!! It is interesting to know all this process that you have been through to understand what do you actually want to do in the future You definitely had interesting jobs!! 😉 I’m now doing a complete change of career. I’m a lawyer but decided to stop doing that and became a SAHM. Then I was struggling thinking what to do with my life until last May that I decided to get into this blogging/vlogging world that fascinates me and I’m so excited about it! I really think this is something that I would love to keep doing and hopefully it could be my main source of income one day! I guess it doesn’t hurt dreaming, right? LOL Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. Loving having you here. Thank your for your latest tweets about this linky! I really appreciate your support! 🙂 xxx


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