I've had quite a variety of jobs and work experience in my first 50ish years of life and had my first job aged 7.
I helped out with the milk round, which was a cart led by a shire horse. I was given 50p per weekend and would dip a metal cup into the unpasteurised milk churns at the end of each morning and drink the milk.
My next job was a paper round in my teens, followed by bag packing in a supermarket as well as working on a fun fair, in an arcade, a night club and pulling pints.
I then moved into care work, a nursery school, a teaching assistant and a youth worker as well as helping out with a local scout group.
I've worked in a chip shop, in a golf club, a shop and as a lecturer, a safe guarding officer and a FS1 teacher. I've taught and assessed NVQ child care assistants. I'm currently working as a Teaching Assistant.
I've volunteered in townships in South Africa, fundraising, delivering Christmas gifts, sourcing donations, painting shacks, digging long drops, collecting water, building schools and entertaining and educating children and adults.
I've driven camera crews round a golf course, have marshalled crowds and recorded golf scores, directing the on site studio to live camera shots for TV. I've also recently volunteered at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
But my most unusual job I've had was when I was lecturing at the local college and supporting my students with their work experience and one of them went to a Funeral Directors and had to be supervised for one day a week for a term. I went with them and learnt almost everything there was to know about what happens after you die, from the collection from the morgue/home and through the full process and behind the scenes at a funeral.
I wouldn’t say I enjoyed every aspect of every job, but I’ve enjoyed the variety of work and can certainly back up my claims on my CV for being flexible, willing to adapt and learn new skills and giving anything a go.