Saturday, 1 August 2009
My first Job after I left school,what was yours.
As a starter for this month, how about hearing of the first job that you had. Two weeks before leaving school, in 1945, the leavers were sent to the hall to meet the employment officer. I always remember the lad in front of me telling the man that he wanted to be a bus driver. If that wasn't bad enough,I said that I wanted to be an electrical engineer. I didn't have a clue what that involved, just that it sounded good. As it turned out, I never heard any more about it.
My dad was still in the army and so my mum took charge and got me a job with a small printing firm, in South Ealing., the deal being that I would work there for six months and then, if I fitted in, would begin a five year apprenticeship. My job involved arriving before the workers, to clean out the pot bellied stoves and relight them. After that I would be sent out on the company bike to deliver packets of printed material to customers, usually offices on the Great West Road. Apart from the fact that it was January, and freezing cold, the bike had a badly stretched chain that fell off at every opportunity. By the middle of my third week I got so fed up with hitching the chain back onto the sprocket that I pushed it back to the shop. The boss complained about the time I'd taken and I handed in my notice. End of printing career! Del.